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The gang at Scream Factory has done an excellent job bringing some of Empire Pictures’ earlier films to the masses with new blurays that for the most part, offer some good transfers and a hefty amount of new supplemental material for fans of those ’80s gems. They’ve also looked into long lost genre films from that era, bringing some of the horror films that time has for one way or another forgotten about. For the most part, it’s a refreshing feeling to rediscover those films and sometimes, like in the case of Zombie High, you kind of wish they would have stayed lost.
If you’re in need of a large dose of ’80s genre craziness, this week sees both the bad: Zombie High And the good: The Dungeonmaster/Eliminators. We took a look at both releases and are here to give you fright fanatics a heads up »
- Jerry Smith
It’s good to have Jerzy Skolimowski back. After a hiatus from filmmaking of nearly two decades after the release of 30 Door Key (1991), the blackly comic Polish filmmaker returned in fine form with the perverse voyeur's journal Four Nights with Anna (2008). Any worry that revival would be singular was abrasively destroyed with the bleak, near minimalist survival film Essential Killing (2010), and now a small orchestral movement of virtuosic nihilism, 11 Minutes. Debuting in competition at the Venice Film Festival, we caught up with this fractured, anxious drama in microcosm (or microcosm in drama) at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Fernando F. Croce wrote that the film is“an abstract panorama that in the Polish director’s hands suggests not classical art but a ruthlessly modern pointillism. Is there a stranger, more provocative late-career renaissance in recent memory? After Four Nights with Anna and Essential Killing, accounts of singular psyches both, »
- Daniel Kasman
Vic is a broken man. Falling down a rabbit hole of Star Wars spoilers will do that to you, and he’s come out the other side with some serious thoughts about spoilers and how they are reported in this day and age. But it’s not all doom, gloom, and getting to grips with new recording software, as the lads share drinking stories, attempt bad German accents, and explore the latest new from the world of movies. All this, and Tom’s Trivia Three – Tom drops some knowledge about Clark Gable, Jeremy Renner, and Snatch. Reviews – A Walk in the WoodsA critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week, our acclaimed actor takes on Jurassic Park.News – We get serious about movie spoilers, congratulate Lenny Abrahamsson on the success of Room at the Toronto International Film Festival, and talk about the Ghostbusters reboot completing the trifecta. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Start salivating. Prepare for meat sweats. Dab uselessly at that pesky blob of ketchup on your shirt. Yes, today marks National Burger Day, 24 hours in which to celebrate that magical combo of juicy meat pattie and toasted sliced bun.
Burgers have been gracing the silver screen for decades, from quotable Tarantino scenes to deadly weapons in Jim Carrey comedies. So let's serve up eight iconic burger scenes to watch with relish. Fries with that?
1. Pulp Fiction's Big Kahuna
The undisputed king of movie burger moments, Samuel L Jackson's Jules tucks into a Big Kahuna seconds before laying his vengeance upon a quivering Frank Whaley. See also: the Royale with Cheese scene and its painfully awkward homage in John Travolta's From Paris with Love.
2. American Beauty's Mr Smiley's
Tough to categorize, hard to forget, Meathead Goes Hog Wild is an unsettling and bracingly original micro-budget gem that firmly places a trio of young indie filmmakers on our must-watch list. Collaborating on their first feature after directing various shorts, Kevin Cline (who stars), Zach Harris and Sean Pierce deliver a razor-sharp character portrait of a man who slowly begins to lose total control of his body, his mind and his soul. Diving into a pit of desperation and rage, Meathead Goes Hog Wild pushes character-driven comedy right to the edge.
The film follows a lonely twenty-something suburban white male who visits his parent’s estate to spend the day with his golden retriever. While it’s never specifically mentioned, it becomes clear it’s the dog »
Films detailing a character’s descent into madness are always a tricky game. If done right, you get Taxi Driver or Falling Down, and if you don’t succeed, you get a completely disjointed film that loses its viewers when the tone of the film makes its switch. Thankfully, the Sean Pierce, Zach Harris and Kevin Cline-directed Meathead Goes Hog Wild falls more towards the former, giving an excellent look at the deterioration of a man’s grasp on things, featuring some of the funniest moments in a long time, as well as genuinely shocking and affecting its audience too.
Following a character in which we never find out his name, Meathead Goes Hog Wild begins its journey with an optimistic look at a normal, everyday man, one that wants to get in shape, meet a nice girl and just do what normal people do. He drives to his »
- Jerry Smith
With a title like the above, you may not know whether this is a good or bad review. But the world isn't black and white, and neither is art. Meathead Goes Hog Wild played Fantasia's 2015 edition for its world premiere. While I'm sure some approved, there will be others that don't get it, and that's okay. Meathead, directed by Kevin Cline, Sean Pierce, and Zach Harris, doesn't offer up easy answers to a society that doesn't work for everyone.The easiest thing to say about the film is that its an underground version of Falling Down that takes place in both good and bad neighborhoods of Chicago. Led by co-writer/co-director Cline, the cast is built from mostly non-actors, but in an outsider piece like this, that's...
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Douglas is strictly in mentor mode here as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man who brings Paul Rudd's Scott Lang into the fold to execute a daring heist. This McU outing will introduce Douglas to a host of new cinemagoers who'll no doubt be curious about his big screen work - but where do you start with a back catalogue as formidable as Douglas's?
The rule for a Michael Douglas movie marathon: it must consist of five films and five only (we've had to leave off some classics!). Our choices are below, so read on to find out the films we think are essential viewing.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
It's hardly surprising that the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark spawned a series of quick Indiana Jones knock-offs. »
Ken Stabler -- who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory in 1977 -- died yesterday at age 69 ... his family confirms. According to the family, Stabler passed due to complications associated with Stage 4 colon cancer, which he had been battling since February. Ken's family says, "He passed peacefully surrounded by the people he loved the most, including his 3 daughters and longtime partner, as some of his favorite songs played in the background, such as »
- TMZ Staff
Michael Douglas has some very serious complaints about "a crisis in young American actors" happening these days.
Speaking to The Independent, Douglas offered his opinions on why few current actors are capable of having a career like his.
"There's something going on with young American actors - both men and women - because the Brits and Australians are taking many of the best American roles from them," he explained.
"Clearly, it breaks down on two fronts. In Britain they take their training seriously while in the States we're going through a sort of social media, image-conscious thing rather than formal training.
"Many actors are getting caught up in this image thing which is going on to affect their range. »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Star Wars becomes a World War II movie, Japan accepts the U.S.'s robot war challenge and Ant-Man gets reimagined as a 1950s film. Plus, we have a supercut of Jim Carrey falling down and Real Fake History tackles Kill Bill Vol. 1. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Ant-Man is a 1950s Monster Movie
Vulture has put together another Remix video, where they re-imagine the upcoming Ant-Man as a 1955 monster movie. Cinema legend Vincent Price "narrates" this brief trailer, which utilizes black and white Ant-Man footage along with 1950s classics such as The Fly, The House on Haunted Hill, The Incredible Shrinking Man and Them! for an »
Falling Skies commences its ten-episode final season with an entertaining uptick in violence...
This review contains spoilers.
5.1 Find Your Warrior
In season four of Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica veteran David Eick took over as showrunner and producer, and the show shifted subtly from a Revolutionary War parallel to a more traditional war story. Now, with the final season locked in for ten episodes, Eick is promsing even more chaos and carnage, transitioning from the Revolution to Vietnam. He's even gone as far as to call the last season of Falling Skies 'Apocalypse Now on crystal meth'. The family drama is getting put by the wayside for some good, old-fashioned alien murder, or so we're promised.
That remains to be seen, but after watching the first episode of the season, I can say that there is a very high body count and for once, Falling Skies doesn't trade bloodshed for speeches—you get both, »
The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival is right around the corner. Though the full lineup for the festival won't be unveiled until early next month, the second wave of Fantasia titles have been revealed and horror fans have a lot to look forward to.
Press Release: "Montreal, June 11, 2015 – The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
- Derek Anderson
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
From The Official Press Release:
The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
A Special Screening »
- BJ Colangelo
A little over one month away, the Fantasia Film Festival announced it’s second wave of titles this morning. Fantasia Film Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Sound on Sight and we could not be more excited for their upcoming edition which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Arguably the largest genre film festival in the world, Fantasia will run from July 14th to August 4th this year and feature a large number of world and international premieres. The full-lineup, including special events, will be announced on July 7th.
From the official press release, here are some titles we can now look forward to:
- Justine Smith
It's possible that you didn't know Uwe Boll had directed Rampage and Rampage 2. But if you were a fan of those films and on tenterhooks for Rampage 3, we're afraid we have disappointing news. The crowdfunding campaigns have not pulled in sufficient cash to allow the film to go ahead. Boll has now released a video telling us what he thinks about this.Unusually for Boll the Rampage films aren't based on videogames (so no, they're not about monsters smashing buildings). Instead, they're sort of Falling Down-meets-Natural Born Killers affairs, in which Brendan Fletcher decides he's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore, going postal in the city and, in the sequel, occupying a TV station. It's a war on Society, man.Rampage 3: No Mercy would have completed the trilogy, Fletcher and Lochlyn Munro set to reprise their roles from the previous films. It would have been, »
Wild Tales, 2014.
Written and Directed by Damián Szifron.
A six standalone story anthology film that draws together troubled lives focused by violence, obsession and revenge…
Multi-story features can hold many a delight for all kinds of audiences. One draw back they often face is a kind of stark hit and miss ratio. See the V/H/S horror anthology films for proof of this. A combination of the good, the bad and the indifferent, these type of films can sometimes resemble something like a party punch of enticing yet ultimately sickening flavours.
Which is a long way of describing exactly what Wild Tales isn’t. What it is a beautiful collection of extremely funny, intelligent and fantastically realised short films all inspired by the act of revenge.
The fundamental problem most anthology films face is »
- Robert W Monk
Veteran character actor Scott Glenn relishes the opportunity to sink his teeth into a rare lead role in this tawdry, if stylishly shot, serial-killer flick. Looking grizzled and emaciated, Glenn is compelling as small-town barber Gene Van Wingerdt, a buttoned-down blend of Billy Bob Thornton's saturnine snipper in The Man Who Wasn't There and Michael Douglas's simmering white-collar workhorse in Falling Down. Like countless other movie psychos, Gene marries a strict puritanical bent — he doesn't like it when his young Hispanic employee Luis (Max Arciniega) curses, for example — with an extremely dark past. Two decades prior, he was arrested for murdering several women, but released due to insufficient evidence. The outcome drove the c »
Written by Damián Szifron
Directed by Damián Szifron
Wild Tales fulfills an Argentine need for release and catharsis. It’s engineered to reflect the zeitgeist or, at least, its own interpretation of the national mood. It stages a multidirectional offensive against marriage, city and national governments, illogical bureaucracy, class and ethnic resentment, and even parenthood. Damián Szifrón, its director and writer, locates six unconnected narratives in clearly Argentine contexts, but mostly avoids specifics: they happen in the present day, are symptomatic of ongoing social and political tensions, but also occur during an unspecified time, as likely today as yesterday and tomorrow, and no people, groups, or parties are explicitly singled out for criticism. No one and everyone is to blame for our spiteful and violent collective moment.
This is no subtle analysis of reasons and origins, only a spectacular, sensational snapshot, or rather an hilarious, infinitely-watchable, and ultimately adolescent cry. »
- Guido Pellegrini
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as we get back to my story about a robot horse... There are some predictable components of "Cubbies," like Hannah making an early departure from Iowa, since she is the central character on a show whose other characters all live in Brooklyn. And there are some surprising parts of the episode, like Hannah returning to her apartment to discover Adam with his new girlfriend Mimi Rose (played by Gillian Jacobs from "Community"). But the part that's going to stick with me most is a smaller one that comes before either of those. Look, we all knew Hannah wasn't going to stay in Iowa. It's how TV shows — even relatively unconventional ones like this — function, and so long as Lena Dunham wasn't going to lay off a bunch of her co-stars in one fell swoop, it wasn't viable to have Hannah »
- Alan Sepinwall
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