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Universal Pictures is looking to give Timecop a redo. The 1994 film, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and his mullet, was an undervalued sci-fi gem. To this day, it remains Van Damme’s highest-grossing movie, but middling reviews and a crowded year of notable films meant that it was soon forgotten. And when I say a “crowded year,” I mean it. 1994 gave us The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, True Lies, Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, Stargate, Speed, The Crow, and many more. So Timecop disappeared, except in the hearts of fans that really dug the premise.
Based on a Dark Horse Comics story, Time Cop, which was featured in an anthology for the comic book shingle, the movie told the story of Max Walker- a cop who works for a special police force that has time traveling capabilities. Ron Silver played a corrupt politician that was hellbent »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Unknown Known: documentary interview with Bush-era insider Don Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Great Expectations: a lively, vibrant retelling that feels very modern, with none of the stuffiness of a traditional costume drama [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Philomena: a cry-till-you-laugh-dramedy about seeking lost family and finding new purpose; Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are fantastic; seriously, though: bring Kleenex [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s in theaters
The Machine: the bleak chic of this Sf drama is intriguing, but the script that starts out smart and elegant soon slips into the shoddy and familiar [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
new to stream
Crouching Tiger, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
He boasts an astonishingly wide variety of film roles, spanning violent zombie killer Tallahassee in horror comedy Zombieland, self-assured bounty hunter Carson in No Country for Old Men, mass murderer Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, blind telemarketer and pianist Ezra in Seven Pounds, and alcoholic anti-hero Haymitch Abernathy in the Hunger Games franchise.
If all this wasn't exhausting enough for one man, he's now dominating our small screens once again alongside Matthew McConaughey in acclaimed crime drama True Detective, and remains one of Hollywood's most interesting and colourful characters - the following ten fast facts stand as proof. »
Not only is Benjamin Ironside Koppin a video editor/camera operator here at Fearnet but he's also a filmmaker, with a handful of shorts under his belt. Today we're happy to report that Koppin has completed production on his first feature length horror flick, which he describes as the love child of John Carpenter's Halloween and Natural Born Killers, with a little Psycho thrown in the mix. Is your interest piqued? Because it should be!
In Made Me Do It, which also stars Fearnet's own Kyle "Splatty" Van Vonderen, college student Ali Hooper and her little brother are attacked by a masked maniac, and the key to them surviving the night lies in unlocking a secret from the killer's past. Filmed over the course of six days, partially with the hand-crank camera the late Tony Scott used in films like Man on Fire and Domino, Made Me Do It »
- John Squires
There are many ways a person can commit suicide, quick and easy or long and slow, but the end result is all the same. One way, for example, would be to deliberately do something to royally piss off the mafia. Yes, that would just about guarantee your own demise. With this in mind, let’s talk about a film, based on a true story…
By its title, Rob The Mob does sound like it should be a comedy about the mafia. In fact, it is actually a very funny film. I’d even say it holds its own against My Cousin Vinny (1992). As appealing as that is on the surface, it gets better. Not only is this a funny, entertaining movie, but it’s also based on a true story. The events in this film, or at least parts of it, actually happened… in real life!
So, why am I »
- Travis Keune
A is for Aladdin
Starting with Cadillac Man and ending with Bicentennial Man, Robin Williams made 27 films over the course of the 90s. That's a whole spectrum of Robin Williamses: kooky (Mrs Doubtfire), mournful (What Dreams May Come), creepy (Jack) and annoying (again, Bicentennial Man). Yet the most 90s Robin Williams performance of all is his turn as the Genie in Disney's Aladdin, in which he is allowed to blabber and gibber and yelp and riff about nothing at a mile a minute for ages. It's brilliant, but exhausting. Remember, this film had two sound editors. Pray for them.
B is for The Blair Witch Project
A definitively 90s film because it was »
- Stuart Heritage
Juliette Lewis is at a turning point. Admitting that most past news coverage about her was "usually about Brad Pitt or drug addiction, which hasn't been me since I was 22," she says, "I'm 40. I quit all my bulls--- at 22. There is growth. Get out of the past." At present, Lewis has two films at the SXSW arts fest in Austin: Kelly & Cat, which Variety in its review called an "inspired match-up of underserved veteran Juliette Lewis and breakout newcomer Jonny Weston," and writer-director Kat Candler's darkly emotional Hellion, which premiered Sunday and costars Josh Wiggins as a struggling teenager »
- Alicia C. Dennis
Amazon has two great deals going on right now for a couple of impressive Blu-ray collections. The first is the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection, which also includes Skyfall along with over 120 hours of extras, including "World of Bond", "Being Bond", "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" and "Skyfall Videoblogs" for only $119.99, which is 60% off the $300 list price. This week's deal also includes three HD digital copies of past Bond movies. If you're interested, click here to buy it. Next is the Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection, which includes the following 50 titles along with Ultraviolet digital copies of each with the * noting Best Picture winners. Grand Hotel* (1932) Mutiny on the Bounty* (1935) Wizard of Oz (1939) Gone with The Wind* (1939) Maltese Falcon, The (1941) Mrs. Miniver* (1942) Casablanca* (1942) Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948) Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) American in Paris, An* (1951) Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gigi* (1958) North By Northwest (1959) Ben-Hur »
- Brad Brevet
Censorship standards have become looser over the years in some ways but much stricter in others. Some types of violence and nudity are easier to get away with – for example if one can prove that it’s being done in a comedic or satirical fashion, it is more likely to be allowed. But if the violence is exploitative or too realistic, it is an entirely different story. There are films from years past that got away with extremely brutal, realistic, graphic acts of violence and or exploitative nudity that would very likely raise more than a few red flags by today’s standards. With that in mind, we have put together a list of five titles that would likely never be released today!
This film is still notorious for the zest with which it exposed young children to a nude Julie Brown dancing around her room while putting »
- Tyler Doupe
Hey Everyone! Thanks for coming back for Part Two of my 14 Favorite Horror Couples countdown. With Valentine’s Day just a day away now, I thought I’d celebrate the occasion the best way I know how- by paying homage to some of my very favorite lovers I’ve enjoyed in the horror genre throughout the years.
Now, let’s dim the lights, queue up the Barry White, relax and get ready to get romantic with the final seven of my Favorite Horror Couples ever! And if you happened to miss part one earlier this week, you can catch up here first.
Once again, in no particular order…
- Heather Wixson
Feature Louisa Mellor 14 Feb 2014 - 07:00
From the Hund-Jager to the Mauvais Dentes, prepare to meet seven of the deadliest Wesen in the Grimm world…
Let’s face it, few are the Wesen you’d be happy to meet fully woged in a dark alley. These chaps though, are the worst of the lot. A tempest of teeth, fangs, claws and beaks, this scary bunch are the Wesen death squad.
Those “bad ones” Aunt Marie urged Nick to hunt down and stop? Here are the Wesen she was talking about…
"Nasty. Short-tempered. Prone to violent outbursts. Fiercely protective of their offspring."
If you thought a badger-based Wesen would be chums with the non-threatening beaver and mouse variety, you’ve been reading too much The Wind In The Willows (saying that, Kenneth Grahame’s Badger did live in the Wild Woods, making him kind of a badass). No, the Drang-Zorn can be a vicious breed, »
Based on an Australian mystery series, Secrets & Lies is about a man (Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Barbie Kligman (Private Practice) is the writer-producer and Charles McDougall (Desperate Housewives) directs the pilot. ABC has made a 10-episode commitment to the project.
- James Hibberd
In the wake of J.K. Rowling’s revelation that it was a mistake to pair up Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley — the author has said that they would probably eventually need couples’ therapy — the Guardian’s Hannah Jane Parkinson has come up with her list of “the 10 worst couples in literature.” One of the “winners”:
Heathcliff and Catherine (Wuthering Heights)
They are one of the best-loved literary couples, and one of the worst. Catherine and Heathcliff’s relationship can only be described as mutually destructive and abusive – and deserving of a session or two on a Relate sofa. You know a pairing is on the rocks when they spend most of their time trying to hurt the other in the most malevolent means possible (like ruining their offspring). It’s the kind of obsessive love that prioritises control over a person and loses sight of the individual’s happiness. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This is rather cool! Ireland’s first banned Film Festival is to take place from Feb 9th in The Park Cinema in Clonakilty, Co. Cork in association with the Clonakilty Film Club. Film censorship as it was called back in the day, nowdays its called classification was a very different beast way back in the day, where three passionate and prolonged kisses were one of many cuts that were made to Gone with The Wind. Its a great idea and the full listings are below. The Banned Film Festival 9th-13th February All movies were once banned in Ireland but have been rerated and approved for release. Sunday 9th Gone With The Wind PG 7.00 Monday 10th Life Of Brian 15A 7.00 A Clockwork Orange 18’s 8.45 Tuesday 11th A Streetcar Named Desire PG 6.35 Wednesday 12th Casablanca G 6.35 Natural Born Killers 18’s 8.30 Thursday 13th The Great Dictator PG 7.00 The Night of The Hunter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
As we’ve seen here in the first few weeks of 2014, the landscape of the horror genre is absolutely flooded with found footage movies, and we primarily have two movies to thank/blame for that; The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity.
While 1999’s Blair Witch Project is often credited as the first horror movie made in the Pov found footage style, such a claim is actually quite untrue. Though Blair Witch is no doubt the movie that popularized the style, and Paranormal Activity the one that re-invented it and brought it into a new decade, there were actually a handful of found footage films that came out well before the horrifying tale of the witch in the woods.
Here are seven of those handheld horror movies, which all predate The Blair Witch Project!
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) - Theatrical Trailer
Cannibal Holocaust – 1980
What’s the very first found footage movie ever made? »
- John Squires
An 18 year old Juliette Lewis first appeared on screen opposite Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear, for which she received both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Debuts don’t come much better than that, and meaty roles in 90’s hits Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives and Natural Born Killers soon followed. Acting isn’t the only string in Lewis’ bow however, and recently she has been focusing on her music career, touring with her band Juliette and the Licks.
We caught up with the actress ahead of the release of August: Osage County in which she plays the ebullient Karen, one of three sisters who return to their hometown to support their drug-addled mother Violet, played by Meryl Streep. Coming across just as bubbly as the character she portrays, Lewis tells us why Karen was such a perfect fit for her, and what it »
- Amon Warmann
It was many years ago when I first became familiar with Kentaro Miura's anime Berserk. Actually I was playing Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage on the Sega Dreamcast. A violent warrior swinging a giant sword against hordes of demons? I was hooked! Perfect fodder for a movie.
According to IMDb (so that this with a grain of salt as they're rarely reliable) a movie is coming in 2017 with an impressive list of directors... Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf), Oliver Stone (JFK, Platoon, Natural Born Killers) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives, Drive, Bronson) - apparently all collaborating on the project which was originally conceived as a manga from Kentaro Miura.
Stuart Beattie (I, Frankenstein, 30 Days of Night, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) worked on the screenplay.
In the adaptation, “The Epic of Guts, a dangerous barbarian who joins »
- Uncle Creepy
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
Jeremiah Bitsui: My top three 2013 discoveries are: High Intensity Interval Training, Beats Headphones, and Uber car service.
Lavallee: Could you tell me about how you landed the part of SickBoy and your motivations for taking on the role…
Bitsui: I learned of Drunktown’s Finest and the role of Sickboy a few years back as Sydney Freeland (our director) had showed interest in me playing the role. Then Chad Burris jumped on board this project within this last year, we met at Sundance 2013 and have developed a friendship. He gave me the heads up the project would shoot summer 2013 and they still would like me to play. Then Mateo Frazier, director of Blaze You Out jumped on as a producer which we had just worked together. So when it all came together it seemed like the right fit. It’s »
- Eric Lavallee
At 18, Juliette Lewis was a Hollywood star. But fame brought drug addiction and panic attacks. As she returns to the big screen, she talks revolt, rehab and rock'n'roll with Ryan Gilbey
Juliette Lewis has been drug-free for – how long is it now? Give her a minute. She's working it out. "I was 22. I'm 40 now. So that's …" And yet one of the pleasures of being in her company is that she acts like someone trying to conceal a certain chemical wooziness. She totters and wobbles when she crosses the room like a human Slinky, in her low-cut cream top and black leather smudge of a skirt. Her speech patterns have the same jerkiness: when she declares that she has finished doing TV appearances for the day and so can now "be as idiosyncratic as I want", she pronounces that adjective gingerly, with the trepidation of someone walking a tightrope in heels. »
- Ryan Gilbey
No need to dig up the old casefiles: If you've watched virtually any hour-long TV dramas in the past half-decade, True Detective's M.O. definitely fits a pattern. Southern Gothic atmosphere. Recession economics. Middle-aged white male antiheroes who smoke, drink, talk, and fuck inappropriately. Murders involving antlers, the on-trend accessory for today's discerning serial killer. Even its relatively novel format – it's an eight-episode story written and directed in its entirety by Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Joji Fukunaga respectively – is only relatively novel: It shares its new-story-every-season anthology format with American Horror Story. »
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