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Chicago – Keanu Reeves has been in a lot of dogs over the years, but rarely has he left such a high body count while avenging one of them. “John Wick” is a brutal revenge thriller where Reeves is a ex-mob enforcer who goes on a murderous rampage leaving blood on every doorstep to avenge the death of his dog.
Despite that chuckle-inducing premise, “John Wick” isn’t the dog I expected, but then again that’s not saying much.
Wick is another of those crime thrillers that begins at the end. We see Keanu crash his SUV, stumble out bleeding and then watch a video on his phone and pass out, and flashbacks ensue. In the interest of time we skip over his wife dying in a terse 5 minutes or so, while the next 20 are consumed by the sights of Reeves making coffee, grieving, and then getting a farewell »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – Before 1998’s “The Big Lebowski” there was 1996’s “Kingpin”, the Farrelly brothers bowling comedy that didn’t have the narrative intricacies of the Coen brothers’ classic, but had plenty of jokes about middle-aged men playing the sport. Today finds the release of “Kingpin” to Blu-ray for the first time, coming with only one new special feature.
The occasion of “Kingpin” is related less to marking a point in American cinematic history than to note the upcoming release of “Dumb and Dumber To,” the next film from the Farrelly brothers and their bizarre set of Hollywood gross outs. This bowling movie was a followup to “Dumb & Dumber,” and certainly saw the filmmaking duo following some of the same course (by literally making a buddy road movie), with the gross-out humor that became huge of them. With films like “There’s Something About Mary” and “Me, Myself & Irene” coming after it, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
You don’t need to be an athlete to know a thing or two about basketball. A group of graphic designers, artists and other creatives from studio Hotu made a fun mash-up of basketball scenes in cinema. What’s great about it is the way it has been edited to lead us seamlessly throughout each movie, letting the ball lead the way. Titled 87 Bounces, we follow the ball through The Shining, Man of Steel, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Lebowski, Spider-Man and more. How did we never notice all these basketballs in films before? There are 24 movies featured in all. See if you can identify them, then brag about it in the comments section. More From Around The Web...
- Alison Nastasi
Halloween is almost here, and if you plan on dressing up, you're going to need a costume! If you don't have the time or the energy to sort through the racks at a costume store or create a look from scratch, we have a few suggestions for pop-culture costumes that you can create using clothing items you probably own. From classic film characters like Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's to more modern ones like The Dude in The Big Lebowski, we've got you covered. »
“IFC Midnight has acquired North American distribution rights to Content Media’s supernatural horror film Dark Summer.
IFC Midnight plans to release the film on all platforms January 9th, 2015.
A highly stylized modern ghost story, Dark Summer follows Daniel Williamson, a 17 year old on house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house, and twists that will leave audiences reeling.
Paul Solet (Grace) directed Dark Summer for Preferred Film & TV (Pft), based off a screenplay by Mike Le (creator of the popular web series, K-town and writer of Screen Gem’s Patient Zero). The film was produced by Pft‘s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael.
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- Jonathan James
As "Meet the Parents" and "The Big Lebowski" have proven, human ashes can be a source of comedy under the right conditions - and strange as it sounds, the forthcoming Nicholas Sparks adaptation "The Best of Me" continues that tradition this weekend. Not that the film isn't a drama - it is - but there's a disarmingly chuckle-worthy moment (during an otherwise poignant scene) that involves the scattering of human remains in a field. As stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan tell it, the moment came courtesy of a so-called "happy accident" during rehearsal. "We walked out there, and as you opened up the box...the top dropped, and you almost dropped the whole urn," Marsden reminded Monaghan. "And [director] Michael [Hoffman] loved it." "It was so good, cause I remember honestly dreading that scene, cause I felt like, 'oh my gosh, it feels just so heavy,' you know?" Monaghan recalled. »
- Chris Eggertsen
87 Bounces by Hotu Studio, follows a basketball as it makes its way into the scenes of 24 different movies such as Goodfelllas, The Shining, Aviator, Trainspotting, The Big Lebowski, Flubber, Spider-man 2, The Mask and The Wolf of Wall Street, just to name a few. The effects are great as we watch the ball move seamlessly from one scene to the next. Enjoy!
via Vimeo Staff Picks
The post Video of the Day: ’87 Bounces’, One Basketball, 24 Different Movies appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
Roger Deakins is a man who needs no introduction. Arguably the most renowned cinematographer currently working, Deakins has burned vivid and unforgettable images into our cinema-going minds, having worked with some of the most respected directors of our time—including Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, Bob Rafelson, Norman Jewison and many others. He’s also lensed some of Joel and Ethan Coen’s best pictures, summoning indelible imagery from the nightmarish, Kafka-esque apartment complexes of “Barton Fink," the sleazy, delirious L.A. daydream of “The Big Lebowski” and the godless Texas frontier of “No Country for Old Men.” He was also behind the cameras for one of the brother’s most sadly overlooked efforts, “The Man Who Wasn’t There," a gorgeous, sullen, 1950’s-era drama about a taciturn barber who gets mixed up in some real bad business. The movie doesn’t traffic in the splashy violence or broad comedy that »
- Nicholas Laskin
Last Saturday (the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar, incidentally), the New York Film Festival screened Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, and I’m still trying to grok it fully. It might take another few months and another screening (on a non-holy day), but the movie doesn’t open until December, so what’s the goddamn rush? Objectively speaking, it’s different from anything Anderson has done before, and he has done some weird shit. The film is a gorgeous stoner art object, at once groovy and glacial. It’s exceptionally faithful to the book, which is Pynchon’s contribution to the L.A. stoner private-eye genre, the highest (so to speak) achievements of which are (and remain) Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and the Coens’ The Big Lebowski. One thing they have in common is that their narratives unravel as they go along, »
- David Edelstein
Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
It’s not just that Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies tend to defy any one genre description; it’s that, often, it seems as if the writer-director is trying to play with many genres simultaneously. The only reason that Boogie Nights isn’t the best drama of the 1990s is that it spends a lot of time trying to be the best comedy of the 1990s instead. So Anderson’s newest, Inherent Vice, is a departure in that it mostly sticks to one style (sun-drenched film noir) and one tone (absurdist comedy). It’s also a fine film, which suffers only when measured against the insanely high standard that Anderson’s past work has set.
- Mark Young
Teenagers become involved in a web of deceit, crime and danger in “Bad Turn Worse,” a presentation by Starz Digital. The film, originally known as “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” will be available on all major VOD outlets including Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, iTunes, Xbox Video ad cable providers Nov. 14. It will also open in Us and Canadian theaters on the same day. “Bad Turn Worse,” the directorial debut by Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins, stars Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”, “Afterschool”), Mark Pellegrino (“The Big Lebowski,” “Supernatural”), Mackenzie Davis (“What If,” “Halt and Catch Fire”), Logan Huffman (“Refuge,” “V”) and William Devane (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “24” [ Read More ]
The post Bad Turn Worse Coming to VOD and Theaters This November appeared first on Shockya.com. »
The good-vibing ’60s are slip-sliding away in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” and along with them a certain idea of pre-Vietnam, pre-Manson California life — of boho beach towns and uncommodified counterculture soon to be washed away by a tsunami of gentrification, social conservatism and Reaganomics. Freely but faithfully adapted by Anderson from Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 detective novel — the first of the legendary author’s works to reach the screen — Anderson’s seventh feature film is a groovy, richly funny stoner romp that has less in common with “The Big Lebowski” than with the strain of fatalistic, ’70s-era California noirs (“Chinatown,” “The Long Goodbye,” “Night Moves”) in which the question of “whodunit?” inevitably leads to an existential vanishing point. Not for all tastes (including the Academy’s), this unapologetically weird, discursive and totally delightful whatsit will repel staid multiplex-goers faster than a beaded, barefoot hippie in a Beverly Hills boutique. »
- Scott Foundas
New York - Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice" is probably the most accessible novel he's ever written, set in 1970, a sort of hyper-clever nod to the Raymond Chandler tradition of Los Angeles detective stories. As much as I wanted to like his work, I was never able to really dig in and enjoy Pynchon's books. They felt to me like something to be conquered. With "inherent Vice," I finally found myself caught up in not just his language but with his characters and the world that he was describing. It was my in to the rest of his work, and so it holds a special place for me among his novels. Pynchon is one of literature's true pilgrims, a guy perpetually pushing forward against the constraints of what pop culture will bear. His first book "V." is the story of a discharged sailor who loses himself in the artistic community »
- Drew McWeeny
If you thought that Bill Paxton pinball machine was impressive, wait until you see this The Big Lebowski themed one created by Dutch Pinball. The details and the design of the machine are fantastic, and it features video clips, audio samples and toys based on the Coen Brothers movie. There's even a subplayfield that's a replica Brunswick bowling alley, and a realistic 3D painting of a White Russian, and if you preorder it by October 19, you'll get a custom woven rug. »
- Jesse Giroux
Dutch Pinball has been developing a Big Lebowski pinball machine for awhile now, and they unveiled the results in a launch party earlier this week. There is a fine attention to detail in the design of the machine. The pop bumpers are modeled after the bra Julianne Moore wears in the fantasy sequence. There is a very realistic White Russian off to the side. The rolled up rug is a barrier---as you hit it, the rug starts to unroll and unlock six different "rug modes." Hit the jump for images and video of the gameplay. Dutch Pinball released a few official images, starting with a full view of the machine: Here's a look at the feature artwork with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Sam Elliott, and John Turturro. This White Russian is actually painted on, but rendered to look 3D to the player. A very cool detail. »
- Brendan Bettinger
I have a collection of photos and two videos of an amazing pinball machine prototype inspired by the cult classic film, The Big Lebowski. This this is so freakin' cool! I love all of the little details from the film that they managed to pack into this thing. It was created by Dutch Pinball, and they go into production next year. The pinball machine will cost $8,500, which means many of us will never be able to afford the luxury of getting one. It's still awesome though, and I'm happy that it exists. You can see even more photos here.
Via: Geekologie »
- Joey Paur
One of the bigger X factors still to be unveiled this awards season is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. With a Trailer that just dropped last night (I’ll post it at the bottom of this piece) and a World Premiere this weekend at the New York Film Festival (where I will be in attendance), now seems like the perfect time to discuss how it might fare with Oscar. Frankly, this is one of the hardest contenders to figure out, so things are really up in the air for it. It could either become a major player that stands out from the crowd or it could wind up little more than a critical darling that the Academy doesn’t take a shine to. The odds are about even right now. For those of you who aren’t aware what this is, Anderson adapted the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, »
- Joey Magidson
If like me you were baffled by Paul Thomas Anderson’s frustrating, pervy and rudderless The Master, you’ll be pleased to see things look a lot more promising for follow up project Inherent Vice. Reuniting him with leading man Joaquin Phoenix and his Walk The Line co-star Reese Witherspoon, the movie comes across as PTA’s take on The Big Lebowski. See what you think by checking out the debut trailer below:
Based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel, the cast also features Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Eric Roberts. Get that for eclectic. This is the first time that Pynchon has been adapted for the big screen and if any director can manage it, it’s Anderson. The 1970s setting was handled to a tee by the versatile helmer in Boogie Nights, though I haven’t seen quite this level of comedy from him before. »
- Steve Palace
Following a successful showing at this year’s FrightFest (read our review here), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced that Bad Milo! will be released on DVD here in the UK on 20th October 2014.
Here’s the press release:
For over a century, Hollywood has been scaring audiences around the world with its terrifying monsters…but none as terrifyingly funny as Bad Milo!, available on DVD on 20th October from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Ken Marino (We’re the Millers, Wanderlust) and Gillian Jacobs (TV’s “Community,” The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) star in this shockingly original horror comedy about a man named Duncan (Marino) who discovers he has an actual pint-sized demon living inside him. In order to keep it from popping out and murdering anyone who angers him – including his sweet but pressuring wife (Jacobs) – Duncan must learn to embrace his inner demon and control its killer appetite!
- Luke Owen
Like it or not, Kevin Smith has carved out his own niche in the world of cinema and I respect his decision to utilize his dedicated fanbase to make the movies he wants to make, rather than churning out studio garbage such as his 2010 feature, Cop Out. Tusk is his second venture into this latest stage in his career and, having not yet seen Red State, my first experience with something of a "new" Smith, a filmmaker that hasn't abandoned his comedic origins, but instead twisted his brand of comedy into the horror genre. The result is a movie that I didn't particularly enjoy or find funny, but still have to give credit where due, as I'd rather see more filmmakers making what they want to make and telling the stories they want to tell, instead of whatever second rate studio script lands on their desk. Tusk centers on Wallace »
- Brad Brevet
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