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Many find Love Actually to be a "Royale" hunk of cheese, but thanks to the creative folks at Screen Junkies, we are all reminded that it also boasts one of the most badass casts of all time. More than 11 years ago, the romantic R-rated comedy movie was released. It received mixed reviews. It also made more than $246 million worldwide and remains a popular chick flick. On Tuesday, Screen Junkies released a parody "honest" trailer calling the 2003 film a "Pulp Fiction for girls, stuffed with eight different plot lines that are creepy and depressing when you actually stop to think about them" and "one of the most subversive chick flicks of all time." It's »
We're very excited that Lola, one of our favorite film journals, has started to roll out its 5th issue entitled "Shows." The pieces published so far include Joe McElhaney on German filmmakers in Hollywood, Lesley Stern on the "Ghostliness of Gesture", and Dorian Stuber & Marianne Tettlebaum on To Be or Not to Be. Still to come: "essays on Claire Denis, Eduardo Coutinho, anime, Blade Runner, the filmic object, film criticism, and more ... plus a special interview with James Benning." The Museum of the Moving Image's "First Look" lineup has been announced and includes new films by Ulrich Seidl, Ken Jacobs, and Gina Telaroli. The series will be running between January 9th and 18th. For Criterion, Farren Smith Nehme writes on Frank Capra's It Happened One Night:
"An ideal romantic comedy doesn’t ignore reality; it converses with it. The Depression may be softened by moonlight and shining eyes, »
On Black Friday, Mondo will release these awesome Pulp Fiction posters designed by artist Laurent Durieux. Usually Mondo posters are limited but this time around, the series is being released as a timed edition. In other words, they’ll make as many as they presell. So if you order a print, you are guaranteed a copy. You have from Friday, November 28 through Monday, December 1 to purchase the poster, with 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale going to the Sally Menke Fellowship. Here ‘s what they look like. The regular blue one is available as a timed edition on Black Friday. The variant aqua edition will be available at a later date via @MondoNews. They measure 36 x 24 inches and will cost $60, plus shipping. Click here to buy the poster on Friday.
The post Buy Mondo’s First ‘Pulp Fiction’ Poster This Week appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
If you're not venturing out to catch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer this Friday, or waiting in line for ridiculous bargains, then you may want to be near your computer in order to grab Mondo's latest print, their first one honoring Quentin Tarantino's modern classic Pulp Fiction. Yes, believe it or not, this is the first time Mondo has released a print with artist Laurent Durieux commemorating the film. The print is chock full of references to various characters and events from the movie, and the good news is that you'll have a much easier time getting ahold of one than you normally would with Mondo's releases. Look below! Here's Laurent Durieux's Pulp Fiction print for Mondo (regular on top, variant on bottom): The print is 36x24 inches and will run you $60 plus shipping, and it will be a timed edition available for purchase »
- Ethan Anderton
Black Friday is just a few days away now. Better start prepping so you can take advantage of the best deals out there, like Mondo’s Black Friday sale for example. Beginning on Friday, November 28th and wrapping up on 11:59Pm Ct on Monday, November 1st, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a stunning new Pulp Fiction poster by Laurent Durieux for $60 as part of a timed sale (no beating the rush, they’ll sell as many as they sell) and then Mondo will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship. Cue the salesman voice. But wait! There’s more! Mondo also plans to announce the online sale information for a variant print at a future date, which will be signed by Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino. Mondo is donating 100% of the variant proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship. Hit the jump for more on Mondo »
- Perri Nemiroff
Oh I’m sorry, did I break your concentration? Mondo is finally releasing a poster for Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction and I guarantee you can buy one. On Black Friday, Mondo will release Pulp Fiction by Laurent Durieux as a timed edition. That means they’ll make as many as they sell. You have from Friday November […]
The post You Can Buy Mondo’s First ‘Pulp Fiction’ Poster on Black Friday appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Inspired by actual events, Bruno Mourral's first feature film, Kidnapping Inc., uses cinema as a tool to look at Haitian society and its proximity to systematic abduction. Set to begin production at the end of its Kickstarter campaign, the dark comedy is likened to "City of God" and "Pulp Fiction," using satire to confront the worst of contemporary Haiti, where rape, kidnapping and murder are manifest in day-to-day life. The film shadows delivery-kidnappers, Doc and Zoe, on a botched job and their challenge to fix the mess before their boss finds out. Tasked with delivering a senator's son worth a $300,000 ransom, their »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Pulp Fiction has just turned twenty years old. While that may unfortunately make some readers feel a bit old, it also makes it a good time to look back at what was a milestone in the world of film.
Made on a relatively small $8m budget, Pulp Fiction would go on to make $214m at the box-office and in essence became the Star Wars of independent film. A non-linear movie in which characters sit around and talk about foot massages and burgers had done monster business and it set the stage for the independent boom of the mid-1990’s.
The film was effortlessly cool and won over even the surliest film critic with its sharp dialogue, »
- Lewis Howse
Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »
- Brad Brevet
Usually when I go to a Live Read, I know the movie like the back of my hand. Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, these are all movies I’ve seen dozens of times and know backwards and forwards. However, the November reading was a film I’d never seen until this week: Barry Levinson‘s […]
- Germain Lussier
Human Capital screens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas on Friday, November 21 at 9:05 Pm and on Sunday, November 23 at 6;40 Pm as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival.
For 11/21 ticket information go here.
For 11/23 ticket information go here.
Director Paolo Virzi uses a multiple Point of View (Pov) approach on this story of a tragedy, that’s not as simple as you (or the authorities investigating) might believe. As it opens, we’re at a school auditorium as the caterers and servers are cleaning up after a pre-Christmas celebration. One veteran waiter hops upon his bicycle and peddles away on the dark, snowy streets. A blind curve and slick roads are the recipe for disaster as a speeding van clips the cyclist and speeds off. The movie shifts six months to the first chapter: the story of hapless Dino, the middle class owner of a small travel shop. »
- Jim Batts
According to the press notes, “Reach Me” director John Herzfeld first wrote the script for this ensemble dramedy circa 2001, which makes sense given that the film bears more than a faint aroma of Herzfeld’s “2 Days in the Valley” (1997), one of the least offensive of the era’s many “Pulp Fiction” also-rans. Here again Herzfeld gives us a dozen or so SoCal dreamers and schemers — soulless gangsters, aspiring starlets, undercover cops, muckraking bloggers — whose wayward lives crisscross and collide whenever they aren’t being miraculously transformed by the words of a mysterious self-help guru. A misbegotten venture that constantly ups its own ante on histrionic overacting, ludicrous plot twists and insipid empowerment mantras, Herzfeld’s puzzling concoction is likely to make most viewers reach for the remote control when it opens in limited theatrical and VOD release Friday.
Herzfeld, whose career somehow lived to fight another day after his 1983 debut feature, »
- Scott Foundas
Gavin Logan with five reasons why Quentin Tarantino shouldn’t retire…
Quentin Tarantino has recently hinted that he is thinking about retiring from making movies once he hits movie number ten. While I don’t truly believe a word of it, the thought of not having another Tarantino movie every couple of years make me want to cut off my own ear and repeatedly scream scripture into it. If it is indeed true (I applaud his noble reasons behind the retirement talk) then nobody has the right to tell him otherwise. However at the risk of sounding extremely selfish and because I thoroughly enjoy every one of his movies, the industry needs Quentin Tarantino and here’s 5 reasons why.
Whether you like or dislike the man or his movies, the one thing you can’t argue with is the respect he has garnered from actors, writers, directors and everybody »
- Gavin Logan
There’s nothing worse than a feel-good crowd pleaser that doesn’t quite come together. A movie like Reach Me only aims to entertain by shooting directly for the heart, carried by a sweet message meant to leave audiences in an enlightened state. Negatively bashing such a blunder is like hating on a puppy or a kitten, something so sweet and innocent it can’t possibly be bad, right? Wrong. Reach Me is a mess of a film that wants to be the Pulp Fiction of life-altering comedies, but its colorful nature only provides momentary distractions from its lifeless, empty soul. Terrible performances, a haphazardly cobbled story, soap opera scripting – the only people Reach Me might save are future filmmakers, teaching them how Not to execute a complex story about multiple character arcs.
Reach Me is a story about a handful of people looking to turn their lives around, all »
- Matt Donato
A protracted angstfest, “The Toy Soldiers” follows a group of very mature-looking teens during one fateful night that provides plenty of opportunity for histrionics. With its stilted monologues and crudely melodramatic air of “shocking realism,” Erik Peter Carlson’s sophomore feature feels like a series of interlocking fringe-theater one-acts that have only grown more artificial onscreen. Released on 14 U.S. screens, with VOD/DVD launches planned for February, the pic will have a tough time finding much commercial traction in any format.
Mary Harris (frequently over-the-top Constance Brenneman) is a divorced high-school music teacher who copes by getting drunk, popping pills and sleeping with her students. But the primary focus is on her sons and their friends. Jack (Samuel Nolan) dominates the first of five interlocking narrative panels a la “Pulp Fiction” (in structure, that is, definitely not in tone or skill) as he worries over coming out as gay. »
- Dennis Harvey
Uma Thurman's a timeless beauty! The actress looked absolutely gorgeous at the Bambi Awards in Berlin, Germany on Thursday. Rocking a curve-hugging black midi dress with black strappy sandals, the "Kill Bill" star looked stylish yet sexy. Thurman finished her look with a chic tousled updo and a delicate diamond necklace paired with a matching sparkly cuff. The 44-year-old was also presented with the award for Best International Actress at the show. While the blonde beauty has taken a break from the silver screen, she's back to work shooting a new movie with Penn Badgley in New YorkWe love see the "Pulp Fiction" star looking super glam -- what do you think about the blonde beauty's appearance? Tell toofab in the comment section below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see even more women of the '90s then and now! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
There has been a lot of cinematic nostalgia for 1994 lately, with 20-year celebrations for such classics as Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. But 1994 was also the year of Dumb and Dumber, a classic of sorts in its own right. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne were two oblivious nincompoops who have dreams of opening their own worm store, but end up taking a road-trip from Rhode Island to Colorado that lands them in the middle of a kidnapping and ransom scam. The visual gags were side-splitting—those tuxedos, nailing Lauren Holly in the face with a snowball, Our Pets' Heads Are Falling Off! »
- Jeff Labrecque
Middling “Miss Meadows” blends black comedy, character study and thriller elements into a mixture that doesn’t quite gel, though it’s watchable enough. Katie Holmes plays a secretive newcomer to a lower-middle-class neighborhood whose bad people begin suffering deaths at the hand of a mysterious vigilante — as they did, we soon glean, in her previous places of residence. The premise holds more promise than Karen Leigh Hopkins’ screenplay and direction ultimately deliver, resulting in a polished but unmemorable minor item destined for decent home-format sales. eOne is opening it on single Los Angeles and New York screens this Friday, simultaneous with VOD launch.
Mary Meadows (Holmes) is introduced walking down a leafy residential street, communing with local birdies and breaking into an occasional tap dance — drawing immediate parallels to Mary Poppins and other Disneyfied do-gooders that the film might have developed further, to more wittily subversive ends, than it manages. »
- Dennis Harvey
I guess it is true. All good things must come to an end some day and it seems like that day is coming soon for Quentin Tarantino and the fans of his movies.
“I don’t believe you should stay onstage until people are begging you to get off…I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more,” the director said during an American Film Market panel. “I do think directing is a young man’s game, and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard.”
He added »
- Zach Dennis
Christmas is coming early!
Among the ever-growing list of classic movies celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, which includes Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Little Rascals, and Little Giants – we can now add our first Christmas movie to the list, The Santa Clause!
Watch: On Set with 'Pulp Fiction' 20 Years Ago
The film stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, a divorced father of his 6-year-old son Charlie, portrayed by Eric Lloyd. Though initially distant, Charlie and his father are drawn closer than ever through a series of events that force Scott to take on his new position as Santa Clause.
"The movie's about a little boy and his dad that aren't very close, and one night they go on a great adventure to the North Pole," 8-year-old Eric Lloyd told Et. "Then they get to the next Christmas, and they're very close."
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