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Could This Be The Future Of Film?

8 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway considers something that could change the film industry…

On Monday, seemingly out of nowhere, a new company announced an innovation that could change the way you experience movies. Dreamscape Immersives is not only a name that sounds like it’s out of a Philip K Dick novel, it offers the possibility of getting as close to a Total Recall experience as you’d ever want to.

They claim that their “untethered Vr headsets” allow users to be unconstrained by wires and explore films worlds in a way that has been impossible until now. Of course, if like me you’re of a certain age, Virtual Reality just makes you think of The Lawnmower Man or that early 1990s TV game shows presented by Craig Charles featuring graphics so blocky they make Minecraft look realistic. However, the technology has come on leaps and bounds since then, and »

- Neil Calloway

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Michael Ironside & Arnold Vosloo Board ‘The Harrowing’; Carolyn Hennesy Joins Horror Indie ‘St. Agatha’

15 February 2017 4:41 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Michael Ironside (Total Recall) and Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) are joining Matthew Tompkins (Sicario) and John Hickman in The Harrowing, a horror film written and directed by Jon Keeyes. Said to be in the vein of genre films Jacobs Ladder and Angel Heart, the thriller follows Vice Detective Calhoun (Tompkins), who is accused of the ritualistic murder of his best friend. Bent on finding the truth, he is plunged into Hell when he goes undercover and discovers that demons… »

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Running Wild – Review

14 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Running Wild plays like if Michael Bay directed Flicka and as the old saying goes two wrongs do not make a right. Now, if you enjoy Michael Bay (Pain and Gain and The Rock are awesome) and you enjoy Flicka, well then this might just be the movie for you. If those movies aren’t your cup of tea, though, you might want to steer clear.

The bringing up of those two recognizable names (Flicka maybe less than Michael Bay) comes with a good purpose in that the film emulates the style of one and the familiar plot elements of the other. Running Wild is about a woman (Dorian Brown, who was excellent on Wilfred) trying to keep her ranch afloat after the death of her husband. She finds a number of wild horses and brings them in with a government program that helps inmates by »

- Movie Geeks

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Verhoeven, Gyllenhaal Talk Sex, Violence and Movies at Berlinale Talents

12 February 2017 11:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Opening the Berlinale Talents panel discussion series on Sunday, festival jury president Paul Verhoeven and jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal took part in a candid and humorous conversation with film historian Peter Cowie spanning politics, religion, music, astronomy, art and, unsurprisingly, sex and violence. Asked about the role of politics in film, Verhoeven, director of the Golden Globes-winning “Elle” as well as earlier hits like “Basic Instinct” and “Total Recall,” rejected the notion that politics need to be part of film while noting that time and distance offer better opportunities to tackle political subject matter. “It’s very difficult for an artist to react immediately to what’s happening. You need distance to transcend. Reacting now to the crisis we face with this Mr. Trump from a film point of view would be extremely difficult because there is so much happening. The politics of the moment will ultimately be important in the next 10 or 15 years. »

- Ed Meza

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Films that led to other films being cancelled

9 February 2017 2:40 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017

Had Tomorrowland been a hit, we might have had a Tron sequel. We look at movies whose fate had a knock-on effect on other films...

You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback.  In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.

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The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »

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Watching "The Man in The High Castle" As Democracy Crumbles

2 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Deborah Lipp

It’s possible that The Man in the High Castle was born to drive us all insane. It’s possible that Philip K. Dick dropped a lot of acid, looked into the future, saw our current political situation, and sent The Man in the High Castle to try to save us. It’s also possible I have been watching too much cable news. 

The Man in the High Castle is the second-best show on Amazon Prime. Based on the 1962 novel by renowned mind-bender (and acid-dropper) Philip K. Dick (who brought us Blade Runner and Total Recall), the show depicts an alternate history, in which Germany and Japan won World War II, and divided the Us between themselves. Our characters take us inside both the Japanese and German regimes, as well as inside the resistance movement operating against each. 

I am watching a TV show about resistance movements. »

- Deborah Lipp

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Scream Factory to Release The Vagrant (1992) on Blu-ray This May

2 February 2017 8:34 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A good horror flick injects fear into aspects of our everyday lives, and home invasion (and manipulation) has that in spades, as seen in The Vagrant (1992), starring Bill Paxton (Aliens, Twister, Titanic), which is getting the Blu-ray treatment courtesy of Scream Factory this May.

From Scream Factory: “We are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming release of the 1992 horror comedy The Vagrant which makes its Blu-ray format debut in the U.S. & Canada! Release date is planned for May 23rd.

Ambitious young executive Graham Krakowski (Bill PaxtonAliens, Titanic) has plotted out every move of this life and career. What he didn’t plan on was a creepy vagrant living opposite his new home. And when the mysterious man (Marshall BellTotal Recall, Virus) sneaks into Graham’s home and starts playing sick mind games, he is driven to take matters into his own hands. Detective Ralf Barfuss (Michael Ironside »

- Tamika Jones

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Paul Verhoeven’s Elle Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Details & Cover Art

2 February 2017 8:16 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Witness Paul Verhoeven’s (Total Recall, Robocop, Starship Troopers) direction and writing, along with Isabelle Huppert’s Golden Globe-winning performance, for yourself in Elle, set to be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on March 14th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (January 31, 2017) – The Golden Globe® winner for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language and Certified Fresh (89% on Rotten Tomatoes), Sony Pictures ClassicsElle debuts on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital March 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Acclaimed international actress Isabelle Huppert also won a Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama) for her role in the film, one of the best of her career. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct), Elle is the compelling story of Michèle (Huppert), a woman who brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to her business. After an unknown assailant attacks her in her home, »

- Tamika Jones

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Berlin 2017: Full international jury announced

31 January 2017 3:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.

It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress  Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).

This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.

Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)

The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a »

- Paul Heath

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The Danny Boyle sci-fi short film we never got to see

30 January 2017 6:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 31, 2017

Shot well over 18 years ago, Danny Boyle's sci-fi short film Alien Love Triangle has never been released - despite a starry cast...

In the late 90s, two very different filmmakers were still in the (relatively) early stages of their careers. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro had released his first feature, Cronos (1993) to widespread acclaim. The UK's Danny Boyle had captured the zeitgeist with his second movie, Trainspotting, and was about to embark on his next film, A Life Less Ordinary (1997).

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Had everything gone to plan, del Toro and Boyle could have wound up directing their own chapters of a three-part anthology movie - the sci-fi equivalent of, say, Amicus Productions' portmanteau horror films of the 60s and 70s, such as The House That Dripped Blood »

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Total Recall: axed Zx Spectrum game emerges

30 January 2017 4:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 30, 2017

Cancelled and replaced by a game from a different team, an axed, playable Total Recall tie-in for the Zx Spectrum has emerged...

Survivors of the 8-bit era will likely remember the name, Ocean Software. The British firm was responsible for a wave of licensed games through the 80s and early 90s, based on such hit movies as RoboCop, Batman and The Untouchables.

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In 1990, the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action vehicle Total Recall was another property snapped up by Ocean, and once again, the film's plot formed the basis of an action platformer with a handful of assorted mini-games. Ports of the game appeared on the Commodore 64, Amstrad Cpc and Nes as well as those posh Amiga and Atari St computers.

The Zx Spectrum version, meanwhile, had a more complicated back story. Programming on »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

26 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he »

- Ben Travers

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

26 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he »

- Ben Travers

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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 episode 11 review: Wake Up

24 January 2017 10:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Marc Buxton Jan 25, 2017

Do LMDs dream of electric sheep? Agent May is certainly dreaming of escape on this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D....

This review contains spoilers.

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4.11 Wake Up

This week on Agents Of Shield, everyone gets a piece of the spotlight as the Lmd drama continues. I guess we should start with the double main event, both featuring a different Agent May. Twice the Ming-Na Wen is always a good thing, and this week the Lmd May experiences a major identity crisis. Remember last week, Lmd May discovered her true robotic nature, and this week, robot May goes all Westworld. The problem for »

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Sundance 2017. Correspondences #1

22 January 2017 12:40 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Person to PersonDear Lawrence,Sometime during our excursion from Vancouver to Park City you asked about a movie I’ve been planning in my head for over a year. Though neither of us are filmmakers by trade or by nature, we both have an innate desire to create, to harness life experience and transform it into something universal: into art. But as critics, we’ve become accustomed to deciphering meaning rather than creating it, better at explaining with words than evoking with images, inspired to discuss others’ stories but not tell our own. But instead of making a movie, my life had become one. Our trip began on Wednesday with a two hour inspection at the border where we were ultimately turned away. The next day was gonzo, shifting tones at a breakneck speed, jerking us around from crushing disappointment to hope, from frustration to elation. If Wednesday seemed like »

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Ghost in the Shell review – futuristic classic improves with age

19 January 2017 2:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With its prescient visions of violence and alienation in cyberspace, this bizarre anime looks all the more impressive 22 years on

This year sees the live-action remake, starring Scarlett Johansson, of the 1995 Japanese anime classic Ghost in the Shell; as a curtain-raiser, the original is getting a small release, just a couple of years after it last reappeared in UK cinemas. It really is one of the most futuristic and strange movies imaginable and its status as animation, occupying its own exotically precise universe, means that it has arguably aged better than live-action movies like Blade Runner or Total Recall.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Great Job, Internet!: Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi classics remind us how the media normalizes fascism

9 January 2017 12:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The word “normalize” has gotten a lot of mileage in the past couple months, thanks to the rise of a racist, sexist, xenophobic reality star to the presidency of the country. The media’s “gotta hear both sides” mentality toward his alt-right supporters has been called an agent of normalization for once-radical politics, as has the hair-tousling antics of Jimmy Fallon and the “It’ll be good for business!” shrug of many in the business world and the Republican party.

But the notion that the mass media helps reassure us that things aren’t as bad as they seem—that they’re funny and fine and normal—is not new. Paul Verhoeven’s trio of science fiction classics (RoboCop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers) explored this, each using the mass media to make unpalatable ideas more palatable. A short video essay from Fandor captures this well.

Paul Verhoeven’s Mass »

- Clayton Purdom

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Watch: Bruce Willis Stars as Seagram’s ’80s-Era Spokesperson

6 January 2017 1:23 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In the years just before he starred as John McClane in the first “Die Hard” film, Bruce Willis had already locked down one of the decade’s most memorable roles: the spokesperson for Seagram’s Golden Wine Cooler. For those fond of retro ’80s commercials, Willis stars in multiple spots, all of which are viewable on YouTube. They range from a flirtatious encounter with Sharon Stone—who at the time was still a few years out from her “Total Recall” days”—to an impromptu singing session on a porch to a bluesier take on the Seagram’s tag line, “It’s wet and it’s dry.” Watch one of our favorites below! Ready for your small-screen break? Check out our commercial audition listings! »

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