9 items from 2015
Though he is best known as one-third of hip hop group Beastie Boys, Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, has also maintained a sporadic acting career through the years. He’s mostly appeared in smaller indie fare and offbeat comedies, but in 1990 he auditioned for a role in Oliver Stone’s The Doors, and it did not go particularly well. It definitely sounds like it was Horovitz’s fault, as he showed up intoxicated. Talking to the New York Times about his upcoming role in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, Horovitz shared his story about his brief meeting with the Natural Born Killers director, saying: I was definitely stoned, and as I walked in I looked at him and I was like, ‘You’re not going to cast me in this movie, right?’ He’s like, ‘No, I don’ »
This spring, rev up your engines and get ready to relive the explosive action, daring stunts and high-octane thrills when the 1991 action smash hit Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man arrives for the first time on Blu-ray on May 19, 2015 from Shout! Factory. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City) and Don Johnson (A Boy and His Dog, TV's Miami Vice) star in this genre collision of biker movie, heist thriller and buddy flick that will take you to the hardline of action and adventure! Co-starring Tom Sizemore (Natural Born Killers), Chelsea Field (The Last Boy Scout), Tia Carrere (True Lies) and Vanessa Williams (Shaft), this relentlessly explosive actioner just may prove that "it's better to be dead and cool than alive and uncool." When their favorite bar is threatened with closure, »
- Pietro Filipponi
Adult life sucks. Children have it so much easier, with zero responsibility and a serious amount of free time. Despite this, most children fantasize about being older, moaning that they’re too young to do anything. To be fair though, one thing that’s particularly aggravating for adolescents everywhere is being unable to see all the movies they want due to ridiculous ratings.
Watching movies will always be a subjective experience, but the MPAA seem to rate films incorrectly on a regular basis, declaring that it’s much better for children to watch a bloody massacre than see a nip slip or hear the occasional bad word. As a result of this prudishly conservative stance, some movies are unfairly rated PG-13 when they shouldn’t be and some are rated R, depriving adolescents of the cinematic education they deserve.
Whether you believe teenagers need to be protected more from depictions »
- David Opie
It’s been nearly a year since we got our first poster for the upcoming adaptation of 80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms, but now we have our first official look at the flick.
The blurry image is taken from the latest issue of Elle, and has been blown up from its original small size – hence the poor quality. But we think you get the idea. Look – a keytar!
Check out the image below:
Directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Jem and the Holograms stars Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja with Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) and Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club) in unspecified roles. The film is being produced by Jason Blum (The Conjuring), along with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun. »
- Luke Owen
For the sake of this particular movie column let’s just consider the media types of news personalities, journalists and reporters as interchangeable. With that in mind Newsmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies will look at some of cinema’s top inquirers in the name of getting down to the nitty-gritty in bringing the truth to the forefront.
The movies have intensely, if not sometimes comically, showcased those characters that felt justified in reporting their newsworthy findings in the name of riveting entertainment. Whether spotlighting real-life newsmaker and shakers such as legendary luminaries in Edward R. Murrow to Watergate busters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein or profiling parodies of probing journalists as Natural Born Killer’s Wayne Gale it has been a trippy ride in witnessing cinematic reporters and their excitable exploits.
Perhaps Newmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies will be irresponsibly »
- Frank Ochieng
If there are few things less interesting than hearing other people talk about their dreams, then director Rodney Ascher has pulled off something uniquely impressive, if still somewhat overstretched, in “The Nightmare,” an intriguing documentary-horror hybrid centered around the experiences of eight individuals who have suffered from the mysterious phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Mixing talking heads, surreal bedtime re-creations and shamelessly assaultive scare tactics, Ascher’s playful, visually inventive sophomore feature isn’t at the same level as “Room 237,” his brilliant 2012 inquiry into the mystique of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” But it shares with its predecessor a warped affection for eccentric storytellers and a desire to give vivid cinematic form to their darkest imaginings, if that is indeed what they are.
World premiered as a midnight entry at Sundance, “The Nightmare” won’t be any independent distributor’s idea of a commercial dream, but could amass a following »
- Justin Chang
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.
Case in point: Kill Bill. Nearly all the leads – with the exception of the aforementioned Bill – are ladies, and they’re all very, very, very deadly. Luckily, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 play select Cineplex theatres on Tuesday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 4, as part of this year’s Great Digital Film Festival.
Who is Tarantino’s greatest female character?
Amanda Plummer’s Honey Bunny is a »
- Sasha James
Love can be a many splendid thing…both in triumph and sometimes in tragedy. The emphasis of this sentiment is mainly on the latter as tragedy can be defined in various degrees of despair. Consequently, we have endured all sorts of conflict between lovers in cinema throughout the history of frequenting the movies.
In You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling: Top Ten Tragic Lovers in the Movies we will look at a selection of films where the tragic circumstances have shaped the foundation of film lovers convincingly. The tragic overtones come in all varieties: marital discourse, criminal activity, fraud, addiction, etc. Granted that there are probably bigger and better choices for lovey-dovey antagonism that could be cited in You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling but hey…the outcome remains the same: hampered relationships that are creatively rooted in turmoil.
The spotlight of “lovers” are open to discussion in the realm of combative married couples, »
- Frank Ochieng
This week Neil Calloway looks at the lack of women behind the camera in Hollywood…
This week, a report by San Diego State University revealed that only 7% of the films in 2014’s top 250 highest grossing list were directed by women. That works out at 17 films, with only one film in the top 100 grossing films.
I was surprised by the statistic; surprised that the figure was that high. Looking at the list of films, I’d be shocked if anyone but the most ardent cinephile would recognise them all. The one female helmed film that made the top 100 was Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie. It’s hard to imagine Jolie would be allowed to direct a big budget film like that as only her second film if she hadn’t already established herself as an actress. Another of the 17 films was Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola. »
- Neil Calloway
9 items from 2015
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