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Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Crystal Moselle’s documentary “The Wolfpack,” which follows a group of movie-loving brothers in New York City who live isolated from the rest of society, an individual with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap.
Known as “the Wolfpack,” the mostly-teenage Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through Hollywood movies like “Reservoir Dogs” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” They transcribe a film’s dialogue and pare down the script to re-enact the movies in their apartment. Things change when one of the brothers escapes into the real world.
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- Jeff Sneider
The Angulo brothers spent their childhood locked away from the world, under the tyrannical rule of their father, unable to leave their New York City apartment. It sounds like something out of a fairy tale - or a horror film. But that is the true story told in a new documentary, The Wolfpack, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. "Coming on the stage last night was extremely emotional," director Crystal Moselle told the audience after a screening of the film on Monday. "Afterward, they all cried and hugged. We all got very close through this process. How could you not be? »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
Recently, Ruth Graham at Slate took advantage of Netflix’s streaming access to Friends in order to revisit the beloved show that most TV series try to emulate. She assumed that Joey’s womanizing would feel the most obsolete and was surprised to realize that Chandler is the genuinely outdated character. He’s consistently morose, cruel to many people in his life, and — with his lack of masculinity — he’s used several times as a walking homophobia-based joke. She stops just short of suggesting Chandler would be repping GamerGate in 2015, but the characterization is there. The essay has launched a robust discussion online, including on The Daily Dish, where readers smartly point out the mild, myopic outrage of Graham’s take. Chandler’s inferiority complex yields a lot of humor (and can be read easily as commenting against homophobia); many shows, including current ones, use mistaken-for-gay-outrage for an easy laugh (see: Big Bang Theory); and Friends not »
- Scott Beggs
Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to attend the Sundance Film Festival? For over three decades the Sundance Film Festival has premiered some of the greatest independent films ever made, all from a tiny mountain town in Park City, Utah. Films like Clerks, Reservoir Dogs, The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, 500 Days of Summer and Sex, Lies and Videotape were all born at Sundance, and this year has welcomed another crop of...
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Fans of Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs and Machete will be right on board with the road trip thriller VANish, a new action shocker that rides in the fast lane and never slows down which comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD (in the Us) from Dark Sky Films on February 24th 2015.
Featuring standout performances from Maiara Walsh (Desperate Housewives, Disney Channel’s Cory in the House, The Starving Games) and genre favorites Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination, Hatchet II) and Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn); with a story that puts a bold new spin on the action thriller, VANish is a high-octane trip through a no man’s land where trouble lurks behind every turn of its twisting plot.
Hoping to score a hefty ransom, three thugs viciously kidnap a drug cartel boss’ only daughter from her home in broad daylight. The captors imprison the young woman in their van, »
- Phil Wheat
The appeal of upcoming mega-blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age Of Ultron is rather obvious. Is there ever a time when it’s not okay to turn your brain off and bask in nail-biting action, heroics, and costly special effects? Big-budget blockbusters will never grow old, since the range of audiences partial to those kinds of films is all-encompassing.
However, not everybody is impressed with CGI-filled action scenes and superhero cinematic universes. Some prefer their films smaller and more intimate. So, what’s a cinema buff to do? As always, seek out the nearest independent theater and/or VOD platform and drop cash on the latest no-budget films worthy of such concerted efforts.
Without that kind of open-mindedness, Diy moviemaking would cease to exist, robbing cinephiles of flicks that could potentially rival the likes of Reservoir Dogs, The Terminator, and Night Of The Living Dead. »
- Jesse Gumbarge
In the grand finale of our “Debut Films” series, Cargill and I don our black suits, gather at the Junkfood Diner, and discuss the cultural and cinematic impact of Quentin Tarantino‘s explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. Qt didn’t simply hit the ground running with a smart, engaging neo-noir, he also helped jump-start an indie film revolution. The episode also diverts temporarily into a discussion about jalapeno sausage crazy, which is both apropos to Tarantino dialogue and pursuant to the core values of this podcast. Alright ramblers, ramble on over and download this week’s show. And hey, if you’d like to nominate Junkfood Cinema for a Podcast Award, you can do so via this link. (Maybe the People’s Choice and/or Movies/Films categories why not?) You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #41 Directly On This Week’s Show: Madonna’s Big Dick [0:00 – 2:43] The Aftermath [2:44 – 51:38] The Heist »
- Brian Salisbury
If Chance the Gardner, the TV-educated savant played by Peter Sellers in “Being There,” had lived together with his six siblings, it might have looked something like “The Wolfpack,” a truly stranger-than-fiction portrait of a New York family who’ve taken great pains to shelter their children from the outside world, but not from the world of Hollywood movies. Indeed, so weirdly fascinating is the tale of the Angulo clan that one wishes “The Wolfpack” were that much sharper, more searching and coherently organized. Still, there is much to enjoy in director Crystal Moselle’s debut documentary feature, which if nothing else begs a where-are-they-now sequel a few years down the road.
There’s a certain fated coincidence to the fact that “The Wolfpack” premiered in Sundance on the same day as Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear,” another documentary about a hermetic community started by a self-styled guru with entertainment-industry aspirations. »
- Scott Foundas
Park City. Serendipity always plays a major role in Sundance scheduling. Yes, we have an elaborate Excel doc with all of our screenings and interviews and naps and meals programmed, but the best Sundance moments are often when you have a two hour block and duck into the yet-to-premiere Ozarks mystery featuring the girl from "The Bill Engvall," or when you trust the buzz from the night before and trudge a mile through a blizzard to see an indescribable drama starring a little kid named "Quvenzhané." As the Yiddish proverb goes, Der mentsh trakht Sundance un got lakht or "Man plans Sundance, God laughs." [Anybody who attempts to correct my Yiddish gets blocked.] So on Sunday night, I went to the far-flung Temple Theater for an evening screening, only to discover a totally different movie was playing and there was no chance I could get to the correct theater in time to see the movie I intended to see. »
- Daniel Fienberg
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Fans of Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs and Machete will be right on board with the road trip thriller VANish, a new action shocker that rides in the fast lane and never slows down. The adrenaline-fueled film comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD from Dark Sky Films on February 24, 2015.
Hoping to score a hefty ransom, three thugs viciously kidnap a drug cartel boss’ only daughter from her home in broad daylight. The captors imprison the young woman in their van, dictate terms to her notorious father, and then travel to the outskirts of the desert for the exchange.
What the amateurs don »
- Andy Triefenbach
Quentin Tarantino shouldn’t be able to make films this quickly. On paper, he’s one of the more productive modern auteur directors, having knocked out countless screenplays and done a load of script doctoring at the start of his career, kick starting his own directorial debut in superior crime drama Reservior Dogs. And he’s barely paused for breath since.
Considering how densely packed his films are, how complex, how stylistically daring, it’s impressive he manages to make any of these films, let alone in such rapid succession. That he also manages to shift gears so dramatically – going from the fairly straight thrillers of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown to grindhouse/samurai revenge epic Kill Bill, war movie Inglourious Basterds and Western Django Unchained – is double so.
Speaking of which, a scant two years after Django he’s back with another Western, The Hateful Eight, which started shooting this weekend. »
- Tom Baker
Principal photography has gotten under way on director Quentin Tarantino's eighth feature film, The Hateful Eight, with production taking place in Telluride, Colorado. The revenge Western has also added a slew of new supporting cast members, many of whom have worked with the filmmaker in the past. Joining the cast are James Parks (Django Unchained, Kill Bill), Dana Michelle Gourrier (Django Unchained), Zoe Bell (Death Proof), Gene Jones (The Sacrament), Keith Jefferson (Django Unchained), Lee Horsley (Django Unchained), Craig Stark (Django Unchained) and Belinda Owino (Django Unchained).
The Hateful Eight are Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, Golden Globe nominee Kurt Russell as John "The Hangman" Ruth, Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, Emmy nominee Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Academy Award nominee Demián Bichir as Bob, Academy Award nominee Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage and »
The Weinstein Company has unveiled the supporting cast of Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight,” which the Oscar-winning writer-director has begun shooting in Telluride, Colorado. The film will be presented in glorious 70mm later this year.
Tarantino has rounded up a group of supporting actors he has worked with in the past, including Zoe Bell (“Death Proof”), James Parks (“Kill Bill”) “Django Unchained” actors Dana Gourrier, Keith Jefferson, Lee Horsley, Craig Stark and Belinda Owino, as well as Gene Jones (“No Country for Old Men »
- Jeff Sneider
The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah has always been a place for independent spirit, unique storytelling and movies that challenge the so-called "rules" of film making.
Often, this translates to weird, unmarketable character studies that either never see the light of day or are shoved off onto VOD platforms without so much as a single advertisement. But this isn't always the case. In fact, some of the most beloved, iconic films of the last 20 years got their start in the many hallowed screens scattered across the small snow-covered city.
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Reservoir Dogs: Quentin Tarantino's debut feature – about the aftermath of a botched diamond heist and the paranoia that grows between the culprits when it's revealed that one of them is secretly a cop – premiered at Sundance in 1992, where it quickly »
The new thriller VANish is set for a one-night screening in New York City and Los Angeles on February 13 before its VOD, DVD and Blu-ray premiere on February 24. Starring genre favorites Danny Trejo, Tony Todd and Maiara Walsh, we have your exclusive look at this ode to Reservoir Dogs, Machete and Death Proof with the first trailer.
The road trip thriller VANish is a new action shocker that rides in the fast lane and never slows down. The adrenaline-fueled film follows three thugs hoping to score a hefty ransom. They viciously kidnap a drug cartel boss' only daughter from her home in broad daylight, imprisoning the young woman in their van. Dictating the terms to her notorious father, they plan to travel to the outskirts of the desert for the exchange.
What the amateurs don't realize is that their victim is a force to be reckoned with. It's hell on »
Fans of Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs and Machete will be right on board with the road trip thriller Vanish, a new action shocker that rides in the fast lane and never slows down. The adrenaline-fueled film comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD from Dark Sky Films on February 24, 2015.
Hoping to score a hefty ransom, three thugs viciously kidnap a drug cartel boss’ only daughter from her home in broad daylight. … Continue reading →
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
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- Sharon Knolle
Directed by Uwe Boll
Canada, Germany, USA, 2003
Over the course of the last century during which film has been a medium, there have been a lot of entries that have demanded the question: just how the hell did this film get made? There is, of course, the floating head epic Zardoz, starring a ponytailed Sean Connery. There’s the disastrously bad, yet endlessly meme-worthy remake of The Wicker Man, with the strangest Nicholas Cage performance ever (which is really saying something). And there is the mind-numbingly, soul-quakingly, unintentionally hilarious mess of The Room.
Sharing in that company of unfortunates, is the absolute worst video game adaptation of all time (which again, is really saying something). House of the Dead is a film so bad that it single-handedly, and bafflingly, launched the schlock heavy career of the infamous Ed Wood wannabe, »
- Mike Worby
Writer/director Joe Lynch has distinguished his filmmaking career by taking projects that are fairly different than one another. From the underrated Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007) to Knights of Badassdom (2013), and finally to this year’s Everly, Lynch seems determined to keep himself fresh by not sticking to a single genre. Everly, which stars Salma Hayek as a woman trapped in her apartment while her Yakuza boyfriend sends a legion of killers to murder her before she can talk to the FBI, is Lynch’s latest exercise in stylish genre filmmaking.
david j. moore: You’ve dabbled in different genres. I remember when I saw Wrong Turn 2, I was pretty surprised that it was as good as it was.
Joe Lynch: It kind of snuck up on people. They were expecting it to be a straight-to-video knock off of the original film, »
- Gary Collinson
19 items from 2015
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