8 items from 2017
Celebrating 30 years worth of fanaticism and community in the cult of Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams.
Thanks to our Star Trekian utopia of VOD insta-satisfaction (“Number One, slap The Greasy Strangler on the view screen!”), it’s becoming difficult to remember the ruthless savagery of that bygone VHS hunt. I spent far too many days roaming my hometown and neighboring cities chasing down lesser-known Kurosawas, the Critters sequels, and the seemingly always elusive pre-Mad Max apocalyptic mindfuck, A Boy and His Dog. Too often I had to settle for less, and rewatch Police Academy 4 instead of the highbrow hilarity of Zapped! cuz some other Scott Baio devotee had the local Power Video on stakeout. If your tastes in cinema aligned with the Blockbuster new release guarantee then you were golden, but us degenerates with a predilection for Roger Corman, and movies made before our births were doomed to the endless quest. Which, of »
- Brad Gullickson
Courteney Cox may have uncovered a long-lost family secret.
On Sunday’s season seven premiere of Who Do You Think You Are?, the Friends star goes back to Europe to trace her maternal line, but what she learns is far more intriguing than she could have expected.
In Et’s exclusive sneak peek from the episode, Cox visits the same castle her 18 times great-grandfather lived in the Middle Ages and inquires about a letter she had been told he had sent to the king saying his father had died.
According to an original 700-year-old financial account, written in Latin and translated to English, Cox finds out that the king’s father was still alive and not dead. “I’m confused. Why isn’t the father of the king, the king, if he’s still alive?” the 52-year-old actress said, befuddled.
In another »
For someone who is one of the world’s foremost scholars on African peoples, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is very easy to talk to. The “Finding Your Roots” host is one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, through his television programming, copious writing, and professorship at Harvard University — he’s comfortable both at the White House and in front of a classroom. Now Gates is bringing a six-part documentary series, “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” to PBS starting Monday. As writer and executive producer of the miniseries, his mission is to redefine Africa in our public consciousness so that audiences come to recognize the unique and profound accomplishments of the civilizations and kingdoms on the African continent, going all the way back to 200,000 years ago and ending in 1896.
Gates is almost impossibly full of information about the topic, and his enthusiasm for history makes him an ever-watchable host. Variety spoke to the distinguished professor in January about what »
- Sonia Saraiya
Kayti Burt Feb 23, 2017
Ray fanboys out when the Waverider crew visits Camelot in their hunt for the Spear in the latest Legends Of Tomorrow season 2 episode...
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There's nothing more relatable than a comic book character who is also a nerd. Whether it be Ms. Marvel or Sir Ray of the Palms, we all love to see a nerdy protagonist. Every nerd reading or watching at home knows what it feels like to wish they were a character in their favourite story.
Enter Ray Palmer, who gets to spend Camelot/3000Mary Sue-ing through Arthurian legend. It makes for a somewhat silly standalone-type episode, but isn't that what Legends Of Tomorrow does best these days? Unlike more "serious" comic book adaptations, Legends doesn't try »
In a world crawling with vampiric creatures, Mister helps equalize the fight between the living and the undead. Nick Damici’s memorable character returns for a new journey fueled by Martin’s (Connor Paolo) desire for revenge in Stake Land II. With the sequel out now on digital platforms and hitting Blu-ray and DVD on February 14th from Dark Sky Films, Daily Dead had the pleasure of speaking with Damici about reprising the role of Mister and much more.
Read on for our discussion with Damici, in which he talks about his plans for a third Stake Land film and shares his thoughts on the Stake Land TV series that he had once been developing. He also talks about the response to Bushwick (a movie he co-wrote) following the film’s Sundance screenings, what to expect in the upcoming season of Hap and Leonard, and an interesting conversation he once »
- Derek Anderson
23 January 2017 9:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Jeff Baena wrote and directed the irreverent adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century work The Decameron, following a young servant who hides from his master at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages.
Gunpowder & Sky will release the film theatrically in North America »
- Natalie Jarvey,Ashley Lee
What for American satirist Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth,” “Joshy”) must have felt like a radically innovative idea — take a medieval piece of literature, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and recreate it with an irreverent modern sensibility — is in fact a strategy that Euro auteurs have been doing for decades. Not that a somewhat overinflated sense of novelty makes Baena’s twisted nuns-gone-wild comedy “The Little Hours” any less entertaining.
Only the most ascetic of filmmakers sets out to create a starchy period piece about naïve maidens pining away in airless old castles. The trouble is that even when such racy directors as Benoit Jacquot and Catherine Breillat attempt to modernize such material, between the subtitles and cultural differences, too much is lost in translation. “The Little Hours” is, then, a medieval convent comedy for the megaplex crowd, one that dispenses with the notion of nuns as prim-and-proper »
- Peter Debruge
"I don't know if you deserve me," the pontiff formerly known as Lenny Belardo tells the horrified crowd in St. Peter's Square at the end of his bonkers first homily. Neither do we, Lenny, neither do we. Two episodes in, and The Young Pope shines like a city on a hill – a beacon of madcap brilliance, savage humor, and go-for-broke filmmaking excess right when we need it most. It's a light in the darkness, even if it ends with its title character in a very dark place. We mean that both literally and metaphorically. »
8 items from 2017
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