16 items from 2014
During today’s colossal Marvel announcement, studio head Kevin Feige revealed that the third solo outing for the Asgardian titan will “take Thor to another level of his own franchise.” At this stage, specific details on what exactly that will encompass have yet to be unearthed. But one thing made abundantly clear is that of all the films announced today, Thor: Ragnarok possesses the most intriguing title. What the subtitle refers to will be made clear in due course, as Feige stated “what we’ll do between now and the release date is educate the rest of the world on what that word Ragnarok means.”
On the casting side of things, Feige confirmed that leading man Chris Hemsworth will be back as Thor and Tom Hiddleston will be playing his mischievous brother Loki. The story is touted to pick up directly after the events of Age Of Ultron, which »
- Gem Seddon
After Reyes effectively put an end to all occult shenanigans last week, Jenny and Crane are out of the police sidekick game, and Captain Irving is wrestling with the truth bomb that his lawyer is the Horseman of War. On the plus side, Abbie made a new friend in Hawley, aka Southern Gentleman Aquaman. What adventures await our plucky heroes this week? Will Katrina finally remember witches are good at things like Witchcraft and ground her wayward son? Probably not, but one can hope. ******** In the dead of night, in a spooky house, a little girl is lulled outside by equally spooky music. Props to whoever keeps trying to make this Single colonial house look different enough to be at least three different homes. The little girl disappears into the night, escorted by a dude playing the flute, so I’m sure she is 100% okay and not headed towards imminent death. »
- Donna Dickens
Last week Ichabod and Abbie raised a Diy Frankenstein’s monster, Jenny got arrested, War got his law degree and became Captain Irving’s attorney and Katrina got to hold the “idiot ball,” opting to stay a prisoner of Headless to glean information about his plot with Moloch. So the “Root of all Evil” should obviously be good intentions gone wrong, as proved over and over by our heroes, but it probably has something to do with money. Let’s find out! ******* We open with the Horseman of War carving a miniature woodwork of Terrytown Psychiatric because even harbingers of the End of Days need a hobby. The tiny Terrytown replica transforms into the real deal and we join Ichabod and Abbie already inside. They’re here to see Captain Irving but Henry has thrown a wrench into their plan. It turns out that in his haste to not receive electroshock therapy, »
- Donna Dickens
It’s hard to nail down the personification of the ultimate evil. The Prince of Darkness deserves to be more than just a cackling, dark figure in the background or an over-the-top sleaze. This is an angel who has been cast out of Heaven and carries a major grudge. Neglecting the depth of his pain or not seizing the opportunity to have a little fun in the exercise of his machinations is always a problem, with no discernible representation able to strike a perfect balance yet. The best contemporary performances on film leave something to the imagination and twist our perception of the iconic role just enough to make it seem fresh or threatening. What follows is a list of cinematic Satans that have made an indelible impression, ranked from worst to best.
Byrne is a talented actor »
- Lane Scarberry
Raised by the Order of Solomon, Adam Cahill is one of a rare handful of highly trained warriors bound by bloodline to guard the Seven Holy Seals that contain the End of Days. But ageless forces have conspired towards a prophetic event foretold by numerous cultures and multiple religions, and when that cryptic date arrives, they strike against the order without mercy! Adam’s world is shattered, his family murdered, and he is sent spiralling into Hell itself. He is Helldiver and he is tasked with stopping The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse before they bring about the end of the world and destroy everything he loves.
The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse is a gritty and dark comic of epically dramatic proportions. Aimed towards a mature audience, it is filled with enough violence, »
- Richard Axtell
Lionsgate have acquired Henry Hobson's feature debut 'Maggie. The movie was all set to make its first appearance at this weeks Toronto International Film Festival but will now unfortunately not be screening. The apocalyptic zombie flick is being lined up for a theatrical run across the Us in early 2015. It stars Abigail Breslin ('The Call') in the title role as the infected daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger's ('End of Days') character. The movie shot in New Orleans, which Arnie will be co-producing as well, also stars British milf Joely Richardson ('Nip/Tuck', 'Vampire Academy'). »
While I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the internet in the mid-to-late nineties, I was vaguely familiar with the fact that iconic filmmaker James Cameron was originally set to helm a Planet of the Apes project with 20th Century Fox, but that the project fell through and was eventually resurrected in the form of Tim Burton’s 2001 remake.
During a recent interview with director/producer Peter Hyams (Timecop, The Relic, End of Days), he shared with us some details on what Cameron had originally envisioned for his iteration of the Planet of the Apes and how legendary special effects artist Stan Winston, who Cameron had approached about working on the film, had managed to crack the holy grail of the Apes franchise (at that time): fully-articulate apes effects that bared no resemblance to the stiff “man-in-a-mask” effects approach of the original Planet of the Apes series. »
- Heather Wixson
Directed by Brian O’Malley
‘Irish horror movie’ isn’t a phrase that comes up a lot, unless someone brings up Grabbers, and why on Earth would anyone do that. And yet, Fantasia 2014 has seen the unveiling of Let Us Prey, a new horror film by first time director Brian O’Malley, which is already making waves in the horror film circuit, and with good reason. Let Us Prey is a tense, tightly-wound and effective horror film that shows incredible promise from O’Malley, and delivers both for gore fans and those in search of something a little deeper than mere exploitation.
The film initially plays out like a much less funny version of Hot Fuzz, as its protagonist, the serious, by-the-books Police Constable Rachel Heggie, is stationed at a sleepy station house staffed largely by the lazy, »
- Thomas O'Connor
Haunted by the lack of Sleepy Hollow in your life these days? Do not your lose your head over this, for a tantalizing peek into season 2 awaits you. The producers of Fox’s supernatural drama—which features the revived history professor-turned-Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane trying to save his witch wife while staving off the End of Days—unspooled a bit of footage from an upcoming episode at Comic-Con on Friday afternoon. Using a few special incantations, we are able to summon one of those precious clips on this very page. So press play and watch Crane (Tom Mison) dabble in the magical arts, »
- Dan Snierson
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was originally a three-book series written by Michael Mendheim, Mike Kennedy, and Sean Jaffe with art by Simon Bisley; and at the end of the month Titan is releasing a hardcover collection. We have a trailer and more details here!
The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse goes on sale July 30th, and the cover art is by Ivan Khivrenko.
Raised by the ancient Order of Solomon, Adam Cahill is one of a rare handful of highly trained warriors bound by bloodline to guard the Seven Holy Seals that contain the End of Days. But ageless forces have conspired towards a prophetic event foretold by numerous cultures and multiple religions... and when that cryptic date arrives, they strike against the order without mercy!
The entire epic saga is collected at last with all-new bonus features including covers, posters, and concept art by the Eisner »
- Debi Moore
Last year, Seth Rogen and friends offered moviegoers a comedic spin on the concept on the End of Days/Rapture with This Is the End, while this summer Damon Lindelof – of Lost and Prometheus fame/infamy – is creating a more dramatic variation on the concept, with his HBO TV series The Leftovers. Next in line in the suddenly-popular Rapture sub-genre? Left Behind, the upcoming movie that stars Oscar-winner (don’t forget that) Nicolas Cage, as a man struggling to make his way in a world that has descended into chaos, following the sudden disappearance of millions of people around the world.
Left Behind, as it were, is actually a reboot of the Left Behind film trilogy, a Christian based movie series that got started in 2000 and starred Kirk Cameron; the latter went on to headline all three chapters in the original Left ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Some people go to church. Some do not. But everyone watches movies. And when it comes to film, religion isn't nearly the either/or choice we find in real life. As the following films - along with Darren Aronosfky's upcoming Noah - prove, religion can be a great plot motivator and an awesome excuse for big demonic showdowns and acts of heroism. Dogma Say what you will about Kevin Smith, but he really went for something unique with 1999's Dogma. The story of the last scion (that's Jesus' last living relative) versus a couple of rogue angels bent on delivering the apocalypse has a lot of big ideas about theology and isn't afraid to spew them out among foul-mouthed monologues and rampant acts of deviant behavior. End of Days...
- Evan Saathoff
Following on from the hit Joan of Arc: From the Ashes mini-series and Penny for Your Soul guest appearances, Big Dog Ink has announced a Joan of Arc ongoing monthly comic book series.
Joan is the Guardian of the Ark of the Covenant, keeper of the Holy Grail and the protector of the most important religious artifacts which could play a role in the End of Days. Finding herself in a new modern world Joan must find her way through this new environment and yet still stay true to her thirst for battle and holy vengeance.
Big Dog Ink founder Tom Hutchison is handling writing duties on the #0 issue and then handing the writing reins over to Bdi newcomer CW Cooke. Noel Rodriguez and Omi Remalante Jr. will be lending their superb talents to pencils and colors. Bdi is a growing force in the independent comic scene and the talents »
- Gary Collinson
Quiz any random person on the street about Nicolas Cage‘s impressive body of work and they’ll be able to give you their favorite Cageist moment from his repertoire. Is it Wicker Man Cage, his head enveloped in a metal cage, screaming about the bees, oh god the bees? Or National Treasure Cage, plotting to steal the Declaration of Independence just because it makes so much sense? Or perhaps it’s Ghost Rider Cage, the one who is literally on fire for most of the movie? Whatever the preferred flavor of Cage Rage, there’s a guaranteed new addition to be added to the list of stellar performances. Enter Left Behind, the adaptation of the Christian apocalypse-themed books by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins. If you haven’t heard of these books, then it’s already too late for you; the enormously popular series boasts over 19 books detailing the End of Days for those wicked booze-swillin »
- Samantha Wilson
Just when you think you have a handle on Nicolas Cage, something comes along to rock your faith again. Following yesterday's trailer for the thoroughly credible Joe, the first clip has emerged online for the entirely incredible Left Behind. Stunt legend Vic Armstrong (Bond, Indiana Jones, you name it) is the director, and the scene sees Cage as airline pilot Rayford Steele, coping with the aftermath of his wife's departure for Glory. (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Post by The Official - Left Behind Movie.Based in Christian beliefs about the End of Days, the Left Behind series by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins is a wildly successful series of thriller novels (at least among a certain demographic) about humans trying to survive following the pre-apocalyptic Rapture, when the faithful are bodily removed to the safety of Heaven to watch the apocalypse from the good seats. Three movies based on the books, »
Jean Claude Van Damme is gleefully deranged in Peter Hyams' no-frills Friday night beat-em up, in which a park ranger and vengeful ex-con form an uneasy alliance against a gang of marauding mercenaries on the Canadian border.The last decade has been a barren period for director Peter Hyams, who was responsible for the likes of Outland, 2010 and Schwarzenengger's End Of Days, as well as the superior Van Damme vehicles Time Cop and Sudden Death. Recent years have seen Hyams' son John take up the baton and score impressive hits in the Dtv action market, most notably helming Van Damme in the two most recent Universal Soldier sequels. Here John serves as editor for his father, while Van Damme delivers his best performance since Mabrouk El Mechri's...
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16 items from 2014
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