5 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
Directed by Anthony Diblasi.
A Mormon becomes obsessed with a woman and her child, and he'll stop at nothing to be with her forever.
Mitch Ryan plays Kevin Brock, a man with a troubled past who has found hope in the Mormon religion in this Godsploitation thriller from Dread director Anthony Diblassi. Missionary is a movie that has its moments and at times looks to be a great film, but it doesn't quite hit every note and it ends up just being just a slightly above average affair.
Promised as "Jesus Christ of Splatterday Saints", the first thing to complain about Missionary is that it's actually pretty tame. It's hype and promotion damages the movie by promising things it doesn't deliver on. It's more about the character and just what drives him to be the man that he is, »
The world of porn and Hollywood have frequently intertwined over the last few decades - Deep Throat became a genuine crossover success, Boogie Nights took inspiration from the '70s' 'Golden Age of Porn' and adult stars have frequently crossed over into mainstream movies.
Digital Spy takes a look at 9 porn stars who went "legit"...
The Los Angeles-born actor gained porn prominence for his boy next door looks and prolific output. Before long he'd shot to the attention of American Psycho's Bret Easton Ellis, who championed him for the role of Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian Grey before casting him opposite Lindsay Lohan in his own movie The Canyons.
Lords knocked out a handful of adult movie appearances before walking away from the industry after making 1987's Traci, »
Matt Stone and Trey Parker have launched their own production company, Important Studios. With revenue coming in from The Book of Mormon and South Park, the company's value is estimated at $300 million. Stone and Parker released this statement: “Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves.” Their intention is to have greater control over all of their projects. First up: adapting The Book of Mormon for the big screen. Second up: adapting Orgazmo for Broadway? »
- Jesse David Fox
5 items from 2013
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