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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Douglas Tirola)
While the last few decades or so of National Lampoon’s output has been less than stellar, their influence through their humor magazine and films such as the original Vacation and Animal House can still be felt today. For those curious about the formation of the group and their rise to ubiquitous status, a new documentary looks to provide the behind-the-scenes story. »
- TFS Staff
Full-time Microsoft communications advisor, part-time movie podcaster and sometimes cellist David Chen can now add film director to his list of accomplishments as his first film The Primary Instinct sees release this month from Film Buff.
The concert film chronicles one night of amazing storytelling from character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, Memento) whose own podcast The Tobolowky Files is a must-listen for anyone who loves great podcasts, movies or storytelling.
Actor Stephen Tobolowsky has acted in over 200 TV shows and films over the past 40 years, possessing one of the most dazzlingly diverse filmographies on the planet. But [Continued ...] »
Atom Egoyan’s ongoing search for his own best form makes no real breakthrough in “Remember,” a state-hopping Nazi-hunt mystery that puts a creditably sincere spin on material that is silly at best. At worst, tyro writer Benjamin August’s screenplay is a crass attempt to fashion a “Memento”-style puzzle narrative from post-Holocaust trauma. Toggling variables of disguised identity and dementia, as Christopher Plummer’s ailing German widower travels across North America in search of the camp commander he recalls from his time in Auschwitz, the pic is riddled with lapses in logic even before a stakes-shifting twist that many viewers might see coming. Crafted in utilitarian fashion by Egoyan, “Remember” does little to earn the poignancy of Plummer’s stricken performance — though that asset, plus a button-pushing premise, could attract reasonable interest from older arthouse auds.
It’s probably best not to wonder how much more artfully the »
- Guy Lodge
Writer-director Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros have a special relationship. Having made the self-funded short film Doodlebug in 1997, Nolan went on to make Following and Memento – both to critical acclaim, and both for smaller, independent companies. But, it was 2002’s Insomnia that set the filmmaker on a path to Warner Bros studios, leading to a multi-billion dollar superhero movie franchise, and the birth of a specifically designed DC cinematic and television universe. Just 13 years on from the release of that initial collaboration, Warner Bros has announced its intention to deliver Christopher Nolan’s next feature film, on July 21st 2017 – and the news of what that film will be is still top secret.
It’s an impressive marketing ploy – to begin to build interest in a film so far ahead of its release – and with such tight control on information, it is unlikely to result in the kind of advertising fatigue »
- Sarah Myles
We'd sign up for breaking news alerts on what Christopher Nolan had for breakfast each morning, so obviously we're two inches from the computer screen at the news that the "Interstellar" and "The Dark Knight" director has a new movie coming out ... on July 21, 2017. Mark your calendars now!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan is making his next movie for longtime studio partner Warner Bros. What's the movie about? Who'll be in it? No clue. It wouldn't be a Chris Nolan movie if we knew this far in advance. All we really need to know is that it's coming. And "Pitch Perfect 3" and Luc Besson's "Valerian" should know that it's coming on the same release date, which is also a week before the new "Spider-Man." Who will win that summer box office? We'll know two years from now, but not a moment sooner.
One thing we're pretty sure about »
- Gina Carbone
One of Christopher Nolan’s more under-seen and under-appreciated pictures, 2002’s hypnotic “Insomnia,” is a deft combination of murder mystery, crime procedural and searing character study that watches a sleep-deprived homicide detective as he probes a horrific murder case in Alaska, all while the endless reign of perpetual daylight threatens to disorient his senses beyond good reason. The film is a polished, spooky piece of craftsmanship and one of the highlights in the British director’s filmography. And while the Al Pacino/Robin Williams-starring pic does showcase a number of Mr. Nolan’s preferred motifs, it’s easy to forget that his follow-up to “Memento” was actually a remake of a similarly austere picture from 1997. That film was directed by Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjærg and while the two pictures are obviously quite similar in tone and temperament, the original “Insomnia” is more authentically chilly (Skjoldbjærg is, after all, a Norseman), while Nolan’s. »
- Nicholas Laskin
If you’re a loyal reader of SlashFilm, then you’re likely already very well acquainted with Stephen Tobolowsky. He’s a very gifted character actor who has been in over 200 movies and TV shows, with some of his recognizable roles being Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and Sammy Jankis in Memento, not to mention recurring roles […]
- Ethan Anderton
The sci-fi director’s new documentary investigates the animator Quay twins. Here, they reveal how British weather, maths and lizards help to create their films
“So, on that last one. What was your inspiration?” By the third time the moderator uses this generic, parody-of-a-bad-interview question, one could only smile.
This is no ordinary Q&A. This is a session with a man, usually hammered by fanboy-ish questions, getting a chance to do a little geeking out. Christopher Nolan, director of Memento, The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar and the Dark Knight Trilogy is using some of his considerable industry clout to promote a programme of newly scrubbed-up 35mm short films by stop-motion animators the Brothers Quay. In addition to In Absentia (2000), The Comb (1991) and Street of Crocodiles (1986), the collection includes Quay, an eight-minute mini-documentary of the brothers in their cramped, magical London studio filled with decaying doll parts, screws, wigs chewed by bugs and old cameras. »
- Jordan Hoffman
Let Me Make You a Martyr, the upcoming, harrowing new crime movie about an abusive father, is set to reunite Sons of Anarchy's Mark Boone Junior with shock rocker and erstwhile Sons actor Marilyn Manson. While the film won't arrive until next year, check out an exclusive trailer featuring Manson as a Native American hit man.
Boone plays Larry Glass, a character whom the movie's producers describe as "a drug dealer, pimp and all-around scumbag," who hires Manson's character Pope, a hit man (or "bogeyman," as Manson describes it »
Christopher Nolan recently announced a new project entitled Quay, a documentary short about two British stop-motion animators. Set to premiere next week, it’s a far cry from Nolan’s blockbusters in both scope and subject matter. Yet it’s clearly a personal project, with Nolan using his clout and money to promote two obscure filmmakers.
Every artist – director, star, screenwriter – has some project that they want to make above all. A deeply personal, original idea; an autobiographical story; a favored story or hero they wish to celebrate. If a filmmaker is successful or lucky enough, they get a chance to produce them. Yet sometimes the reaction isn’t what they expect.
Francis Ford Coppola started his career directing exploitation films for Roger Corman, notably the horror film Dementia 13 (1963). Then he toiled as screenwriter and occasional director, helming the musical Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and the more personal The Rain People »
- Christopher Saunders
Why can't Hollywood seem to get the "Fantastic Four" right?
The reboot endured months of bad press, culminating in director Josh Trank's disavowal (later hastily retracted) of his own film on the eve of its release on Friday. Even so, the familiarity of Marvel's First Family -- and the new, grounded take on the characters -- was expected to carry the feature to a $45 million opening weekend.
Instead, "Fantastic Four" debuted with an estimated $26.2 million, failing to unseat week-old "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation" from the top spot. (The Tom Cruise thriller fell 47 percent from last weekend and still came in first with an estimated $29.4 million.) "F4" is the the first comic book movie based on Marvel characters since 2011's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" not to open at number one.
There's already lots of speculation over whose fault this is, and what it means for the Marvel brand. Are »
- Gary Susman
An auteur of nine ambitious and distinct films, Christopher Nolan is a filmmaker of singular vision as this new video tribute highlights. Featuring clips from his first film "Following," juxtaposed with some memorable scenes from Nolan’s "The Dark Knight" trilogy, and revisiting the ambitious and unforgettable "Memento" (also my personal favorite). Of course, there are just-as-honorable mentions for "The Prestige" (winner of the best cameo ever award, with David Bowie as Nikola Tesla), "Insomnia," the unforgettably pulsating "Inception" and his most recent love affair with outer space, "Interstellar." Read More: Christopher Nolan Talks "Bleak Future" Of Cinema & How Studios Will "Relearn" The Value Of The Theatrical Experience This intricate and expeditious mashup was created by Nikita Malko. These memorable scenes and moments like Michael Caine reading Dylan Thomas; »
- Samantha Vacca
The next Christopher Nolan film has been announced - but it's very different from the blockbusters we're used to seeing from him.
Titled Quay, the documentary centres on Stephen and Timothy Quay, as viewers will get an insight into the "inner workings of the brothers' studio".
If there’s a reason Miguel Branco’s Christopher Nolan supercut strikes you as epic, it’s because that’s exactly what most of the British filmmaker’s movies are. Ambitious in terms of scope, concept, and often runtime, Christopher Nolan’s films have grossed well over $4 billion worldwide, and Branco pays modest and genuine tribute to the visionary writer-director in his not quite three-and-a-half-minute video. The 206-second supercut spans the world, as well as dreamt worlds, and the galaxies. It witnesses the rise and fall of heroes and their villains. And it features gorgeous music from Hans Zimmer, including “A Watchful Guardian” from “The Dark Knight,” which he wrote with James Newton Howard. Of course, for those whose first introduction to Nolan came in the form of either a “Dark Knight” film, “Inception,” or “Interstellar,” it’s forgivable to forget the helmer’s first features were more humble. “Following »
- Zach Hollwedel
Based on Susannah Cahalan’s New York Times bestselling memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, the award-tipped drama will center on Susannah (Moretz), a rising journalist at The New York Post who inexplicably falls victim to an unknown illness that causes her to hear voices, hallucinate and become violent. Terrified but unable to prevent herself from descending further into insanity, Susannah faces the possibility that she’ll never recover – until one doctor provides a diagnosis that may hold the key to a cure.
Perry is set to take on the supporting role of Richard, who oversees Susannah at The New York Post and shocked to see her condition transform her.
- Isaac Feldberg
Well, if this hyper-charged spot wasn’t just made for Comic-Con, then I don’t know what is. The ominous techno music throbs hard and the stares are steely and humorless in this new action-packed trailer for “Blindspot,” a new series from “Stargate: Atlantis” producer Martin Gero, and by the looks of it, this new hour-long drama may very well share some of that earlier show’s fanboy-friendly DNA. Jamie Alexander, loaded with enough high-caliber weaponry for a dozen David Ayer flicks and covered in “don’t touch me” tattoos, plays our badass heroine Jane Doe. The trailer voiceover promises that Jane comes equipped with a special set of “skills,” making her sound eerily similar to the protagonist of a certain lucrative action franchise. Sullivan Stapleton will play a tough-as-nails fed whose primary task is to decipher the riddle that Jane’s tattoos may pose, and if they point to some larger criminal conspiracy. »
- Nicholas Laskin
"I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing... I like to shake that up." If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you already know that I am outspoken fan of filmmaker Christopher Nolan. I think he's one of the best filmmakers working today, and his movies are incomparable in their grandeur and intelligent design. Not everyone agrees, but we all have our own opinions of course. Criticisms aside, Nolan has made some very intelligent, very bold films - including Memento and The Prestige. He has a style and storytelling technique that is refined and sleek, yet still cinematic and engaging. This extended but excellent video tribute made by a fellow fan (found via The Playlist) highlights many of his themes and tricks. And it makes me love his work even more. Enjoy! From the Vimeo description: "Hello everyone, I »
- Alex Billington
Guy Pearce (born October 5, 1967) is a British-Australian actor and musician. Pearce is well-known for his work on both film and television. In Australia, his breakout performances came in the series Neighbours and the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. International audiences recognize him from L.A. Confidential, Memento, The Hurt Locker, […]
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- Ryan McDonnell
Principal photography is underway in Europe on Martin Koolhoven thriller.
Dakota Fanning (Night Moves) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) have replaced Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Robert Pattinson (Twilight), respectively, in Martin Koolhoven’s thriller Brimstone, which is now underway in Europe.
The story follows a young woman (Fanning) who goes on the run and is chased by a diabolical preacher known as The Reverend (Pearce).
Producer Els Vandevorst issued the following statement to Screen about the cast changes: “Mia Wasikowska left the film due to unforeseen personal circumstances and Dakota Fanning immediately jumped into the leading starring role. Kit Harington was so consistently passionate about the script that his enthusiasm and total creative commitment made him a must for the role which »
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