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If you have forgotten a little bit about "Sin City," we can't blame you.
The original film came out way back in 2005, before the onslaught of comic book adaptations, when a time of 1:1 approximations and largely computer-generated backgrounds were something to behold. Since then, we take these things for granted. Not that there's been anything like "Sin City" in the 10 years since it's been released -- it remains something of a technical and narrative achievement, an anthology film that Xeroxed images and tableaus from the comic book almost perfectly and retained its nifty film noir style and structure.
Now, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller (who also wrote and drew the original comic books) are back, with "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," which stars Eva Green (as the titular dame), Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin.
But is it worth it »
- Drew Taylor
One year ago, Nora Thos and Damian Perez released the following short film taking a look at the history of movie titles and today it was brought to my attention thanks to Slashfilm. While only touching on the art of movie titles in broad strokes, it's an interesting look at what the short calls "The Film Before the Film", covering enough territory and offering enough details to make it easy for you to being doing a little research of your own. The film obviously touches on the work of Saul Bass (North by Northwest, The Man with the Golden Arm), Maurice Binder (Dr. No), Pablo Ferro (Dr. Strangelove), Greenberg Associates' work on the original Superman titles, Kyle Cooper (Seven, Mimic), Digital Domain (Fight Club) and the inventive work of Kook Ewo for Splice as well as plenty of earlier work in film from Thomas Edison to the Rko titles before »
- Brad Brevet
After creeping onto the PlayStation Store yesterday evening and successfully terrifying umpteen gamers, the unusual P.T. (aka Playable Teaser) was revealed as a set-up for Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s all-new Silent Hill Game.
Of course, given that Kojima was involved, the idiosyncratic developer chose to blindside the entire industry by releasing the demo under 7780s studio — a hitherto unknown company — thereby allowing the gaming community to unravel the mystery for themselves (which they inevitably did).
Upon completing the aforementioned demo, ardent players were treated to a brief teaser trailer for the new entry in the renown horror franchise, one which also features Norman Reedus — fan favourite Daryl from The Walking Dead — in the starring role. The atmospheric footage, which you can glimpse below, doesn’t reveal much in terms of story, though it does see Reedus’ character walking tentatively down an abandoned street — an image that »
- Michael Briers
I review so few new Blu-ray titles, outside of Criterion and newly released catalog titles, largely because the turnaround time on today's movies is so quick you hardly get a moment to breathe, let alone find time to reassess a film or have enough separation to find something new in them. So, when the opportunity to rewatch a movie from the current year arises I typically pass, unless there's a compelling enough reason to revisit it. Thankfully, Lionsgate has released Steven Knight's Locke, easily one of the best films of 2014 so far, with an audio commentary from Knight and I've already dug in and found some interesting nuggets. amz asin="B00KH57UVA" size="small"As I have in the past, such as with David Fincher's commentary on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (read that here) and Guillermo del Toro's commentary on Mimic (read that here »
- Brad Brevet
Everything you need to know about Guillermo del Toro’s new horror television series…
A Boeing 747 lays dead on JFK airport’s runway, its lights off and crew not responding. Frantic control tower officials blame ‘technical faults’ and ‘terrorism,’ though there are no signs of struggle or escape. Whatever caused this is still locked inside.
No, this isn’t the beginning of Paul Greengrass’ latest movie, or a morally ambiguous Derren Brown special. It’s the opening of The Strain, Guillermo del Toro’s bestselling vampire-epidemic trilogy of books, which then became a television series.
This is the story of those books. Of their journey from an eight-year-old Mexican boy’s already-twisted imagination to failed pitches, unlikely bromances and, eventually, a television series that could redefine vampirism for the modern age.
The Strain doesn’t restrain its soul to just vampires. It’s also a global conspiracy, virus outbreak thriller »
- Oliver Davis
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. It had been decades since I’d seen The Legend of Billie Jean, but the new Blu-ray (and its $5 price tag on Amazon) was too appealing to pass up. I expected it to feel even cheesier and more dated (obviously) than I recalled, and I was not disappointed. What I didn’t expect was to enjoy the damn thing so much. Yes it’s cheesy, dated and loaded with flat line delivery from glorified extras, but it’s also an underdog-fueled crowd-pleaser with a fine (albeit simple) message at its heart as well as a charismatic »
- Rob Hunter
OneRepublic's music video for 'Ordinary Human' features all-new footage from the highly-anticipated film The Giver.
'Ordinary Human' is accompanied by scenes featuring Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, a young man who discovers the true horrors of his utopian society with help from an old man known as The Giver (Jeff Bridges).
There is also a glimpse of Meryl Streep as the nefarious Chief Elder, who ominously warns: "Jonas has become dangerous."
The movie is an adaptation of author Lois Lowry's acclaimed 1993 novel of the same name.
The Giver opens on August 15 in the Us. Watch a trailer below: »
Legendary Entertainment is developing a movie based on Skull Island, better known as the home of King Kong. The pic is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016.
While the film isn’t expected to be a sequel or reboot to the 2005 movie Peter Jackson directed for Universal, Legendary’s pic will likely feature the big ape in some form, given that he was shown roaring at the end of a clip shown at its panel at Comic-Con on Saturday. Legendary announced the project for the first time there, the same place where it first announced “Godzilla” in 2012.
The island, which gets its name from an imposing skull-shaped rock formation, first appeared in the 1933 “King Kong” and subsequent films, but also is the home of many other prehistoric creatures and a primitive society of humans.
Legendary said that while previous works have touched on the island, the film was a way »
- Marc Graser
"'Mimic' almost destroyed me. I went three years without being able to lift another movie off the ground."
Next Wednesday, June 30th, at 9Pm Et/Pt (and let me tell you, saying Et/Pt out loud is tons of fun - try it!) Del Toro will be on El Rey's show The Director's Chair where Robert Rodriguez (always of El Mariachi to me) interviews filmmakers.
It should be an hour long discussion of Del Toro's career and if you haven't heard the man speak at length about himself and things that interest him, you really owe yourself a look-see.
On Monday's (July 21) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "The Strain," Guillermo del Toro was asked about Bleak House, the supplementary residence he purchased to serve as a museum of sorts for his vast collection of toys, props, books and memorabilia mostly relating to his beloved horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. "Well, I have the same restraint collecting that I have eating," del Toro cracked. The "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Blade II" director has always enjoyed joking about his appetites, which extend beyond eating and collecting into intellectual and conversational realms as well. If, for example, you want to talk fairy tales with del Toro, you have to be prepared to discuss varied international histories for certain stories, while bringing in Bruno Bettelheim as well. Last week, I posted a brief-ish report from a day on the set of del Toro's "Crimson Peak," just a sampling from the nearly two »
- Daniel Fienberg
You have seen Doug Jones in the past few decades playing various sort of creatures and monsters from your favorite fantasy, sci-fi or horror movie.
In a lengthy exclusive phone interview, Jones talked with us about his San Diego Comic-Con International plans for “Space Command.” He went into depth on the new sci-fi movie series with his android character.
In addition, he also discussed his other work including the TV shows of “The Strain,” “Falling Skies” and the movie “Marble Hornets.” He also discussed his involvement or soon to be with Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” and “The Haunted House.” And finally, he gave us some juicy details about “Hellboy 3” and “Frankenstein” that doesn’t appear to be on the radar at this time.
Doug Jones will be at »
- Gig Patta
What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.
30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters
Directed by: Kim Ji-woon
Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale, »
- Joshua Gaul
We know Guillermo del Toro today as a wildly imaginative filmmaker, whose films blend a sense of the fantastic with a deep streak of the macabre, all while inspiring wonder with their unique, spectacular visuals. Now a fan-favorite, some of his recent films, like the kaiju movie Pacific Rim and the grotesque fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, contain some of the most arresting cinematic imagery in recent memory.
A decade ago, the Mexican filmmaker’s earlier horror films – like Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone – placed him on Hollywood’s radar, leading to the Mira Sorvino horror movie Mimic, Marvel comic book sequel Blade II and 2004′s Hellboy. Del Toro accomplished what seemed like a minor miracle: adapting writer-artist Mike Mignola’s oddball, mythologically rich comic book into ...
- Anthony Vieira
As you may have noticed from our recent news that Guillermo del Toro is directing a small-scale black and white film before Pacific Rim 2, considering releasing two cuts of At the Mountains of Madness, and dropped details regarding the Pacific Rim animated series, Steve recently had a revealing conversation with the filmmaker about his upcoming projects. There’s plenty to unpack from the interview, and so today we’d like to share what he had to say about the current status of his next film, Crimson Peak, whether Pan’s Labyrinth will be coming to Criterion, and how much creative freedom he was given by FX to make his new TV series The Strain. Highlights include the revelation that Crimson Peak only has one deleted scene, a bit of insight into his production process, and the evolving creative procedure in making The Strain. Read on after the jump. Del »
- Adam Chitwood
There’s a hint of trepidation any time a new series lands on the small screen. Censorship limitations, fiscal restrictions and an abundance of writers and directors can easily serve as points of distraction for promising concepts.
Sometimes there are just too many chiefs and not enough Indians, and when you’ve got too many chiefs attempting to hold rule over a tribe with the barest of necessities, things can head south in an instant. That’s the law of the land.
Ultimately, the legitimately scintillating concepts tend to succeed, assuming the funds are there to capitalize on and the featuring network is lenient enough to truly push the envelope, if the idea in question calls for the courageous, that is.
FX’s new monster, “The Strain” (which premieres on July 13th), calls for the courageous, unquestionably. A brilliant interpretation of one of history’s most-beloved classics (more on that, »
- Matt Molgaard
With Guillermo del Toro's The Strain debuting Sunday, July 13 on FX, the filmmaker has been making the press rounds in support of the show, where he has also been giving new tidbits about a number of his film projects in the works. The beloved director shed some new light on Pacific Rim 2 and the recently announced animated TV series, his haunted house thriller Crimson Peak and the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation At the Mountains of Madness.
Last week, the filmmaker took time out of his post-production schedule on Crimson Peak to announce that Pacific Rim 2 will hit theaters on April 4, 2017, and that he is developing an animated TV series. While he wouldn't spoil any story details for Pacific Rim 2, since he is still working on the script with co-writer Zak Penn, he did tease that the "tenor" of the sequel will be much different than the first. »
Killer bug and insect invasion films are some of the most challenging to really nail in a memorable manner. I honestly believe that’s why so few directors and production companies will even entertain the idea of approaching the critters.
They’re typically goofy flicks, and most who would consider themselves “serious” filmmakers (whatever that is) probably wouldn’t waste a scoff at the thought of creating one. But every once in a while something special arrives and leaves its mark on our psyche.
Perhaps it’s an over-the-top exploitation piece that happens to piece the puzzle together properly. Maybe it’s a film so astonishingly complex and multi-layered that one cannot avoid the intrigue of a grand mind fuck. It doesn’t matter why bug flicks work or how bug flicks work. What matters is that when the truly innovative minds out there set out to make a film of this nature, »
- Matt Molgaard
Funny how memories work. For the longest time, when someone asked, "What got you into horror?" I'll always speak of the time I first sifted through the pages of Stephen King's "Cycle of the Werewolf" when it was first published in '83 and becoming mesmerized by Berni Wrightson's graphic, atmospheric werewolf attack illustrations. But my first brush with the macabre, and something rather grisly - I should add, came much earlier...in a goddamn Disney movie. Netflix dropped a ton of titles on Instant earlier this month and one of the films I was eager to add to my queue and jump into was 1981's Dragonslayer by Matthew Robbins, who not only directed The Legend of Billy Jean, another favorite of mine, and *batteries not included, but has become a frequent Guillermo del Toro collaborator (Mimic, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Crimson Peak) as well.
The post »
- Ryan Turek
Damian Lewis ("Homeland"), Jeremy Northam ("Mimic") and Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") have joined Susanna White's adaptation of John Le Carre's spy thriller "Our Kind of Traitor". Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard also star.
The plot centers on an English couple vacationing in Antigua who become entangled in the dealings of a Russian mobster desperate to defect. Lewis will play a member of British Intelligence. [Source: THR]
Stoll joins a »
- Garth Franklin
Odd List Ryan Lambie 4 Feb 2014 - 06:48
We head back to the 80s and 90s to look at eight famous battles between directors and studio executives over a movie's final cut...
If filmmaking is a compromise between art and commerce, then the final cut is often the point in the process where the tug-of-war between the two becomes the most intense. In their desire to make a film more profitable - often after feedback from preview screenings - studio executives will sometimes request re-edits or the shooting of additional scenes. And occasionally, when directors attempt to resist those changes for whatever reason, the resulting tension between director and studio can reach breaking point.
To illustrate the different ways these tussles over a film's final cut can play out, we're heading back to the 80s and 90s. In some instances, the films that emerged from the editing room were considered to be influential triumphs. »
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