12 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Warren Takeuchi (pictured; Lake Placid, Deep Rising), Anthony Konechny (Night Witness), Primo Allon (Seventh Son), Jeric Ross, and child actors Carson Bolde and Jake Cunanan have all signed on. They join the previously announced Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Richard T. Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Juliette Binoche, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, C.J. Adams, Ken Yamamura, Raj K. Bose, Christian Tessier, Ken Watanabe, Peter Dwerryhouse, and Chris West.
Gareth Edwards directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher serve as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira. »
- Uncle Creepy
It may seem a little obvious to say that a film called Odd Thomas is an odd little film, but there it is. It's an odd, amusing, off-kilter, and amusingly-presented combination of horror, action, comedy and romance that comes from a very popular novel and hits the screen by way of an A-list popcorn movie director who clearly has a lot of affection for the source material. Although certainly not without its flaws, Stephen Sommers' Odd Thomas is actually sort of an adorable throwback to the sort of material Joe Dante used to tackle back in the 1980s. Truncated (and brightened) from Dean Koontz's massively popular novel, Odd Thomas is about a kooky but lovable short-order cook who has all sorts of convenient supernatural powers. Mainly he can see the invisible specters who pop up only when something truly carnage-packed is about to happen, but "Odd" can also »
- Scott Weinberg
Each week we take a look at what’s new and what’s essential viewing on the various VOD and movie streaming services.
Brutal rural violence, a film of echoes which spans centuries, a lovable scruff bunking off school and the most beautiful women in the world – they are all here this week. Whatever you watch, wherever you watch it – enjoy.
Ben Wheatley’s film feels very much like the early work of Mike Leigh with some splattery violence interspersed amongst the very British scenarios. If you were ever subjected to the kind of caravan holiday seen here as a kid, then there is much to identify with and the thought that a couple of murderous, damaged people could be running amok in this scene is endlessly amusing.
It’s a very funny film if you have that sort of sense of humour but in a way similar to Kill List, »
- Chris Holt
Stephen Sommers, yes he of The Mummy, Van Helsing and G.I. Joe fame, abandons the big-budget blockbusters for a much smaller – yet just as high concept – film adapted from the bestselling book by Dean Koontz, the supernatural fantasy Odd Thomas.
The film follows the titular character who sees murdered dead people and feels it’s his duty to make the people responsible pay for their sins. Luckily the local police chief knows about his clairvoyant gifts and is happy to use him to keep the Californian town of Pico Mundo virtually crime free. But one day, in the diner where he works as a short order cook, Odd meets a suspicious-looking man followed by bodachs, shadowy spirit creatures who appear only during times of “extreme operatic »
- Phil Wheat
Despite an upcoming appearance at this years Film4 Frightfest, the future still looks bleak for Stephen Sommers’ big-screen adaptation of the first of horror author Dean Koontz’ Odd Thomas series of novels.
With shooting on the film completed a few years ago now, financial problems and studio lawsuits have seen the supernatural suspense thriller gathering dust. Yet another lawsuit was filed by Toot and Fusion Films on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, against a number of companies and individuals who promised over $35 million in marketing and distribution costs and have yet to come up with the goods. This means the chances of seeing the film on general release in the next year (or even two) is slim to none!
- Craig Hunter
This week on The Collision, we are joined by freelance writer Curt Holman to talk about Fast & Furious 6. In addition to talking about the movie, we discuss the appeal of "popcorn movies", what defines a popcorn movie, turning your brain off, populism vs. elitism at the theater, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Also, be sure to click here to read Curt's review of Fast & Furious 6. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Franchise Directors and Star Trek Into Darkness"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Curt's Recommendation: Blade II »
- Matt Goldberg
Interview Duncan Bowles 15 May 2013 - 07:08
Ever since her major breakthrough as infamous Bond villain Xenia Onatopp, Famke Janssen has remained a constant presence in the world of geekdom. Yet despite roles in such high profile blockbusters as the superb GoldenEye and the mostly great X-Men franchise, she’s managed to avoid typecasting and continues to mix mainstream movie hits with both TV and independent features.
While GoldenEye may rank among the best Bond movies of all time, it’s one of my absolute favourites. It put the great Famke Janssen firmly on my radar and I’ve remained a fan of her work ever since, through the underappreciated fun of schlock-fest Deep Rising, the duality of her Miss Burke in The Faculty, to »
Having seen my fair share of dinosaur movies made for Syfy and even by The Asylum, I can only marvel at the quality of most of the dino f/x on display in the trailer for The Asylum’s Age of Dinosaurs.
They may not quite be Jurassic Park quality, but damn, this really does look like it’s going to be a lot of fun if you love rampaging dino flicks. See for yourself.
Either The Asylum spent more money on Age of Dinosaurs than they typically do on their productions or director Joseph Lawson is once again proving why he’s the top inmate at The Asylum. Having already given us a fairly solid fantasy flick in the form of the lawsuit-baiting Age of the Hobbits Aka Lord of the Elves Aka Clash of the Empires Aka better than it had any given right to be, as well »
This week we celebrate the 15th anniversary of a forgotten gem. Deep Rising (1998) Director: Stephen Sommers Stars: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Wes Studi A group of mercenaries attempt to hijack a state-of-the-art cruise ship, only to find that something very angry, hungry and primordial has beaten them to it. It's easy to dismiss Stephen Sommers as a filmmaker after he gave us such disappointing fare as Van Helsing and GI Joe: Rise Of The Cobra. But every time a »
- Jason Adams
When Famke Janssen slips into the hotel room of the Four Season in Beverly Hills, she doesn't look like she has aged a day since I first met her over 15 years ago at the Lord of Illusions premiere party in New York City.
At the time, I was just some film student who had snuck into a Hollywood bash. Janssen, on the other hand, was poised to become kind of a big deal. Although the Clive Barker film she starred in, alongside Scott Bakula, didn't quite take off, Goldeneye - which opened a few months later in '95 - certainly did. Now, here she is, promoting Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and she still looks incredible - one of those actresses you suspect bathes in the blood of virgins to look so damn good.
Treat Williams barely survived carnivorous sea monsters in Deep Rising and Ronny Cox famously fell victim to Robocop. Together they will now face a prehistoric threat reborn when bioengineered dinos threaten to transform Los Angeles into a new Age of Dinosaurs.
Using breakthrough flesh-regeneration technology, a biotech firm creates a set of living dinosaurs. But when the creatures escape their museum exhibit and terrorize Los Angeles, a former firefighter must rescue his teenage daughter from the chaos brought on by the Age of Dinosaurs.
I’m going to take a wild guess and speculate that Treat Williams plays the former firefighter and Ronny Cox is cast as the hard ass head of the flesh-regeneration technology, because who better to play the executive officer of a corporation that suffers the consequences when playing God than Robocop’s boss?
12 items from 2013
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