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Quentin Tarantino has held a lot of sway when it comes to international cinema. Due to his much appreciated efforts we’ve seen films that the likes of Harvey Weinstein would have gladly locked away in vaults until the end of time. So when a film gets to slap “Best film of the year” quotes over its publicity campaign courtesy of the Reservoir Dogs and Django Unchained director, then the hype is understandably high.
Big Bad Wolves is a child abduction revenge tale along the lines of another 2013 film, Prisoners. It tells the story of a suspected child abductor, Dror (Keinan), taken captive by the father, Gidi (Grad), of the missing girl and tortured for information. He’s not the only one involved in hoping to extract information though, as we also have a cop, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
"Okay, we're drifting away from the dialogue a bit. Let's bring it back. No more co-writing." By far, the most exciting element of Saturday night's live read was actually seeing Quentin Tarantino work with his cast as they performed his latest screenplay, "The Hateful Eight," for a sold-out capacity audience at The Theater at the Ace Hotel. Depending on where you were seated in the theater, the physical experience ranged from the tolerable to the punishing, with the audience in the upper balcony essentially getting a free sauna as the total lack of air conditioning and the preposterously close rows combined to make the running time of over three-and-a-half hours almost impossible to bear. It is a testament, then, to the compelling nature of Tarantino's script and to the great cast he put together that no one seemed willing to leave before the end, no matter how hard it was to stay seated. »
- Drew McWeeny
The drama apparently sees a mismatched group of outlaws stranded in a saloon after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route.
According to BBC News, Tarantino told the audience of 1,200 that he was still working on a second draft of the script.
The Hateful Eight was tipped to be the director's next Western movie, but Tarantino was shelved the project after the script was leaked in January.
At the time, »
Everyone knows that the best fairy tales are the really dark ones you never heard as a child. What’s better: Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters pouting in the background, or getting their eyes pecked out by vengeful doves? The Evil Queen in Snow White falling off a cliff, or dancing in red-hot iron shoes until she drops dead? I’ll consider that point proven.
Big Bad Wolves, an Israeli film from writer-directors Navot Papushado and Aharon Kashales, wants to be a modern fairy tale for adults, one which bets on being as twisted and disturbing as possible. Though Quentin Tarantino (probably knowingly) damned Big Bad Wolves by naming it the best film of 2013, which it certainly is not (despite it playing almost like a feature-length version of the torture scene from Tarantino’s own Reservoir Dogs), there’s still an undeniable fascination to be found in watching a tale of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last summer British Airways hosted their wonderful Silent Picturehouse, so we’re very eager and excited to share their new partnership that starts next month, with the excellent Rooftop Film Club that will bring a summer of movies to Londoners. The pop-up film event takes place across exclusive rooftop venues – the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye and the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, from May 1st until September 30th this year.
Movie-lovers can watch films under the stars in open-air venues, with the luxury of comfy chairs, blankets and wireless headsets to recreate the in-flight experience.
There are over 170 films to choose from throughout the summer, including new releases such as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues to classics such as The Graduate. Other favourites include; Top Gun, Reservoir Dogs, Labyrinth, Casablanca and The Lego Movie among many others.
Rooftop Film Club founder Gerry Cottle, said:
“The Rooftop Film Club in »
- Dan Bullock
The third Sundance London Film and Music Festival hits the capital from April 25th-27th, bringing in a variety of great independent films, as well as live music, panel discussions, and special anniversary screenings to the capital’s O2 Arena.
As well as the 21 feature films and 18 shorts, the festival will be hosting special screenings of three films highlighted in the past at Sundance: Grand Jury Prize winner Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Quentin Tarantino’s heist classic Reservoir Dogs; and Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller Memento. These three screenings are being shown as a joint celebration of the festival’s 30th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Empire Magazine.
Highlights of the festival include the following:
An offbeat comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Domnhall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhall, directed by Adam and Paul helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Joining an avant-garde rock band, an aspiring musician »
- Katie Wong
We are a couple of weeks away from the Sundance London film and music festival hitting the O2 arena in the capital. The full lineup of panels, music events and films was announced last week and we’ve decided to dive in and surface here with our picks of the festival.
As you’ll see we have chosen a number of films to keep an eye on, noted a couple of the panels and highlighted an event or two. You can find more information on all of these events right here at the Sundance London homepage or keep an eye here on HeyUGuys as we’ll be bringing you the best coverage of one of our favourite festivals.
Film – Frank
It’s hard to pass up the opportunity to see Michael Fassbender take on one of the oddest figures in the last thirty years of British popular culture. Papier Mâché »
- Jon Lyus
There's an insane parody of kids' rainy-day activity books making the rounds this week that lets you color scenes from some well-known movies – which doesn't seem at all unusual until you discover that the scenes depicted within its pages aren't taken from the latest Disney/Pixar blockbuster, but from some of the darkest, least kid-friendly classic movies ever made. Images © Todd Spence Mock-up pages from the aptly titled Bleak Movies Coloring Book by Todd Spence are currently posted at Break.com... and although a full book doesn't actually exist yet, one flip through these samples convinced me that I'd gladly fork over the cash for the real deal, then grab a carton of Crayolas and go to town. Images © Todd Spence No child's delicate psyche is left un-mangled after browsing through line-drawn panels depicting scenes from The Exorcist, The Shining, Se7en, The Fly, Reservoir Dogs and Requiem for a Dream. »
- Gregory Burkart
There was controversy earlier this year when Quentin Tarantino announced that his new script, Western adventure The Hateful Eight, had leaked and that he’d decided not to make it for now. The writer/director did float the idea of releasing the screenplay in book form and now he has an extra plan for it: a live read at Los Angeles museum Lacma.Tarantino apparently got the idea after he was approached by Lacma Film Independent boss Elvis Mitchell, who wondered whether the director would stand in for Jason Reitman, who has run Live Reads of classic film scripts such as Ghostbusters and Reservoir Dogs for a couple of years now, while Reitman was busy shooting. Tarantino didn’t end up doing it, but has since pitched Mitchell the idea of staging The Hateful Eight. "I recovered consciousness and brushed myself off, and I said, 'Yes, I think I can fit that in, »
AOL has Steve Buscemi eyes. Or rather, the American multi-national mass media corporation has eyes for Steve Buscemi. The actor behind beloved and iconic characters of the silver and small screens (like Reservoir Dogs’ Mr. Pink, The Big Lebowski’s Donny, and Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson) is the centerpiece of the new AOL original series Park Bench. The unscripted program takes place on the streets of Buscemi’s very own New York City and features the accomplished actor having casual conversations with other accomplished actors and discussing “everything from pop culture to current events” as he explores the “special people, places, and spirit of the The Big Apple.” “Having lived and worked in New York my whole life, I’m ready to take advantage of all it has to offer,” said Buscemi in the release. “I just need to lay down for five minutes.” Here’s a preview: The »
- Joshua Cohen
Whether you’re new to Tap, or have seen them in concert (like me), it’s hard to argue with free, and the Yeah! App from AMC Networks is offering This is Spinal Tap – The Special Features Version for free through April 11th.
Far more than just a ‘Pop Up Video’ version of films, the Yeah! App gives you a completely unique experience, and none of the films is packed with more awesome than This is Spinal Tap, which not only pulls in hundreds of cool notes, but gives you some incredible insights from a variety of legendary rockers… and Jack Black.
Check out the full details below, and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this truly special viewing experience.
- Marc Eastman
Twenty years after "Pulp Fiction" exploded onto the scene, Bruce Willis's daughter, Rumer Willis, is tearing it up in a live Quentin Tarantino musical mash-up that pays homage to the indie blockbuster and every other Tarantino flick. And surprise, surprise, she's terrific.
As The Bride, Willis belts out "Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" in bridal attire, fights O-Ren Ishii with a samurai sword and, as Mia, does a seductive dance as she sings "Son of a Preacher Man." She also recreates the famous dance contest from the film, move for retro move.
- Sharon Knolle
Ready for Reservoir Dogs meets Buried? That’s what first-time writer-director Bryan Bockbrader is going for with his feature debut, VANish. As the title suggests, the film involves a van, but not just a couple of shots of the vehicle or scenes of the main players riding around in it, but rather, a narrative that takes place entirely inside that van.
Maiara Walsh’s (The Starving Games, Switched at Birth) character is kidnapped and then forced to embark on a bloody, murder-filled road trip with her captor. Been there, done that, right? Well, not exactly. What makes VANish a standout is that the viewer will experience the entire story from inside this vehicle as though he or she is ...
- Perri Nemiroff
The full program for Sundance London 2014 has been announced and there are some good International premieres for our viewing pleasure including The Voices, Frank and Fruitvale Station.
Below are a few of the highlights:
An offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.
Oscar Grant was a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who loved his friends, was generous to strangers, and had a hard time telling the truth to the mother of his beautiful daughter. He was scared and courageous and charming and raw, and as human as the community he was part of. That community paid attention to him, »
- Luke Owen
“I am positive that if my mentor John Cassevetes were around today he would use Kickstarter to make his films.” Whether Alexandre Rockwell‘s statement about Cassavetes is true or not (we’ll never know), it hardly seems implausible as we see yet another indie film legend going the crowdfunding route. It’s been a long time since Rockwell was a significant name in cinema, but he’ll always be remembered as an important member of the Sundance class of ’92, his quirky black and white feature In the Soup winning the grand jury prize that year over strong contenders like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Allison Anders’s Gas, Food Lodging. He then came up with the idea for the anthology feature Four Rooms, on which he collaborated with Tarantino, Anders and Robert Rodriguez. More recently, he directed the Peter Dinklage comedy Pete Smalls Is Dead. His latest project, which »
- Christopher Campbell
Wilson Bethel is starring in his second CW web series. A year and a half after he took the lead role in Stupid Hype, the Hart of Dixie regular has released the trailer for L.A. Rangers, a comedy that sends up famous movies. L.A. Rangers is written and created by Bethel and Dugan O'Neal, who star as a pair of park rangers with dreams of becoming Hollywood filmmakers. To pass the time during their boring day jobs, they dream of their favorite movies and the versions they would make. The series trailer shows off a few of these homages, including Reservoir Dogs, The Matrix, Spirited Away, and The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Just as Stupid Hype was a nostalgic celebration of the early 90s, L.A. Rangers will be a comedic look at some of Bethel and O'Neal's favorite films. "We loved the idea of doing something that pays homage to cinema, »
- Sam Gutelle
We've heard it mentioned in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Death Proof, From Dusk Till Dawn and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, and now the Big Kahuna Burger will open for business tomorrow night as it makes its on screen debut in a commercial during the third episode of the El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. But we don't have to wait that long, as the commercial (written and directed by Robert Rodriguez) has arrived online, and you can watch it right here...
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series airs on the El Rey Network on Tuesday nights. »
- Gary Collinson
Now in its third year the Sundance London film and music festival has just unveiled its lineup for the 2014 event and it is the strongest year so far.
Building on the great work done by the festival’s filmmakers and directors over the last few years the London based offshoot of the famous Park City happening has carved out its own identity to become on the most interesting and eclectic events in the calendar.
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Michael Fassbender leads the way as Jon Ronson’s affectionate tribute to the world of Frank Sidebottom gets a UK premiere at the festival. Likewise Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s second Trip (this time to Italy) gets its first showing (and is highly recommended) and Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton talk to the animals in Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices. »
- Jon Lyus
This year's Sundance London lineup has been unveiled.
A total of 15 films which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah will be shown, including Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin, David Cross's black comedy Hits and Ryan Reynolds-starring psychological drama The Voices.
Sundance London 2014 will be held from April 25-27 at The O2, and will include 21 feature films and 18 short films across five sections.
Ticket packages are now available online, and individual tickets can be purchased from 9am this Friday (March 28).
The feature film lineup for Sundance London 2014 in full:
Feature Film Programme
Blue Ruin (Director: Jeremy Saulnier)
Sundance has revealed its programme of films and panel discussions for the third Sundance London film and music festival (April 25-27), held at the O2.
The festival will include 21 feature films and 18 short films across five sections. A total of 23 films will make their world, international, European or UK premieres and seven are by first-time feature filmmakers.
The films collectively received 12 awards when they premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and filmmakers expected to attend are Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and Arrested Development star David Cross, who brings his directorial debut Hits.
Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi will bring the international premiere of her latest feature, The Voices, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat.
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