15 items from 2015
If there’s one thing I’ll never understand it’s the American obsession with the rapture. Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a ton of TV shows and movies centered around the biblical event and most – like The Remaining – are, frankly, terrible. From the gloriously over the top Nicolas Cage film Left Behind, to the completely unfunny (and a waste of the talents involved) Rapture-Palooza, it seems the mix of religious themes and current Hollywood film making do not gel. Then again maybe it’s because, despite a belief in a higher power, I’m not the target market for films of this nature – after all, most rapture-themed films play on inherent fears found in religion. »
- Phil Wheat
Ok, I’m sorry. You probably didn’t come here expecting a Kanye West reference — @KimKierkegaardashian’s genius Twitter feed is more my style — in an Idol recap. But my brain just went from the frying pan into the active volcano after Season 14’s Top 10 performance telecast (a confusing label, given that there were 11 singers on stage all night, with one awaiting the bad news that he or she was the »
Sorry, but I'm still annoyed that we sent Sarina-Joi Crowe packing. It's not that she didn't, at least on some level, deserve to go. She gave a bad performance at the beginning of a long episode, which is an easy path to being forgotten and being eliminated. Still, "American Idol" lost a singer with almost limitless upside and we kept at least four or five people who almost certainly will never have anywhere near Sarina-Joi's potential. Oh well. After dedicating Wednesday night to two ridiculously high-rated hours of "Empire," Fox is turning Thursday over for a sure-to-be-lower-rated two hours of "American Idol" with a Movie Night theme. This is always one of the show's fuzziest and least justifiable themes and tonight we're using the theme as a hook so that Jennifer Lopez can perform the song she has in an upcoming movie. Click through and follow along! 8:00 p.m. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Against all odds, there will be no Phil Collins ballad — or any soundtrack cuts from The Bodyguard, Frozen, Titanic and Armageddon — when the American Idol Top 10 (plus one contestant on the brink of elimination) tackle “Songs from the Movies tonight (8/7c on Fox).
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That’s good news for Idoloonies who’ve vowed to crawl into their dryers and turn to lint at the sound of one more hopeful belting the umpteenth rendition of “I Have Nothing.”
More important than what the Top 10 won’t tackle, »
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, The Master) latest film Inherent Vice, which will arrive in the States on April 28th.
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Adapted from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice features an all-star cast heading by Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), as well as Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Owen Wilson (Zoolander), Katherine Waterston (Night Moves), Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Martin Short (Three Amigos), Jena Malone (Donnie Darko), musician Joanna Newsom and Oscar Winner Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend — whom she just happens to be in love with — and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin… well, easy for her to say. »
- Scott J. Davis
I’d read a lot about Life is Strange and it seemed to sound like a game I’d be interested in, which is a shame for me as I didn’t take the dive straight away until the second episode release date was announced (March 24th). This pushed me to at least try it out, and I may just be hooked already.
In the game you play the part of Max, a photography senior who finds she has the ability to rewind time, which comes in useful when saving her old friend Chloe from being shot by the local spoilt rich boy. Reconnecting with her past it’s not long before she finds herself dragged into the mystery of a missing student and a future that seems to be leading to the destruction of Arcadia Bay.
It’s easy to say that Life is Strange feels like Twin Peaks, »
- Paul Metcalf
An unthinkably self-indulgent sequel whose primary comic conceit is that it’s an unthinkably self-indulgent sequel, “Uncle Kent 2″ — or “Uncle Kent 2!” onscreen — is such an inside joke that it’s difficult to imagine an audience for it beyond an enabling circle of friends. The grating solipsism is, of course, central to the ostensible humor of Todd Rohal’s slapdash sci-fi comedy, a follow-up to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 indie that finds Kent Osborne (who is credited as the writer and stars as a version of himself) facing an imminent apocalypse at a San Diego comic convention. While “Uncle Kent 2″ ekes out a few funny moments over its brief running time, the movie is far less formally accomplished than Richard Kelly’s similar end-of-the-world chronicles — or even the guerrilla Disney World/Disneyland production “Escape From Tomorrow,” which it sometimes recalls. A bow at SXSW, whose attendees might have a higher-than-average fluency with the Swanberg-verse, »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Written and directed by Dan Gilroy
When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut Nightcrawler was a movie that topped various ‘best of’ lists in 2014, and wasn’t too far behind if it didn’t take first place. And quite deservedly so. Nightcrawler is a visceral and thrilling film with a phenomenal central performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, a man who is etching himself as one of the finest actors of our generation. It’s not without its flaws, but there is a reason why Nightcralwer was loved by many.
Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a man who believes in »
- Luke Owen
This post is brought to you in association with Casino Tropez…
The USA does gambling films like nowhere else. Movies such as Casino (1995), set in the bright lights of Las Vegas, or The Sting (1973), set in an atmospheric Chicago, are testament to this dominance. Yet, there are numerous gambling flicks from UK directors and many that are set in Britain. Here are five of the very best.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
This effervescent gambling flick’s humorous script catapulted Jason Statham to international stardom, and revamped the careers of a number of other talents. A disastrous London card game triggers a series of preposterous but highly entertaining events that see four friends get into serious trouble over a mammoth batch of weed, a stack of money and two antique shotguns. Lock, Stock gave director Guy Ritchie an international name that saw him direct many subsequent features – and come to the attention of Madonna, »
- Gary Collinson
A ‘Temporal Agent’ who travels through time to prevent major crimes attempts to capture the infamous ‘Fizzle Bomber’, who has thus-far eluded him, on his final assignment.
Remember the first time you saw Memento and couldn’t work it out, secure in the knowledge you’d be going back again and again to piece it all together? Or perhaps, like me, you’re one of those people who’s still trying to make sense of the labyrinth that is Donnie Darko. While neither of these films relate directly to time travel, an inherently complex template, both stand out as clear examples of films which push the boundaries of narrative complexity. But “move over” say The Spierig Brothers, the directorial duo responsible for the impressive Daybreakers, “we’ve made a »
- Edward Gardiner
Cinelinx is a Kickstarter (check their Kickstarter page for tons of info)success story, and one of the few movie-related games that is quick, easy, and a lot of fun to play.
I don’t say that lightly either, and took some time to test this one out. Sure, it sounds cool, and most things are decent enough the first time you play, but then they hit the back of the closet and are never heard from again.
No, this one really is pretty cool, and if you have any friends that are as much of a movie fan as you are, you’ll keep this one out.
It’s surprisingly simple, and the image tells the story better than I could.
There’s a bit more to it than that, and you can put your own spin on the rules, like how many “steps” a connection can have to »
- Marc Eastman
When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.
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- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham
Exclusive: Cult filmmakers and familiar genre faces have answered the call of horror anthology Tales of Halloween, the spooky project from Epic Pictures Group helmed by Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, and nine more directors. As seen in the exclusive peek above, the anthology has cast Rocky Horror Picture Show icon Barry Bostwick as well as horror staple Lin Shaye and Heroes’ Greg Grunberg, while the likes of Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adam Green are expected to stop in for cameos.
More next-gen genre actors have joined the project, including Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows), Noah Segan (Looper), Pollyannna McIntosh (The Woman), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Kristina Klebe (Halloween), Marc Senter (The Devil’s Carnival), Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead), Grace Phipps (Dark Summer), Sam Witwer (Being Human »
- Jen Yamato
Tales of Halloween, which is coming to theaters this October, is a horror anthology that weaves ten scary stories together all with the holiday as a shared theme. The movie takes place over the course of one night, and features quite a few horror tropes, including monsters, aliens and slashers. The project, which is coming from Epic Pictures Group, has lined up an impressive ensemble of horror legends.
Joining the cast are The Rocky Horror Picture Show star Barry Bostwick, Insidious franchise mainstay Lin Shaye and Heroes cast member Greg Grunberg. Horror directors stopping by for a cameo include Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adam Green.
The cast also includes other horror notables such as Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows), Noah Segan (Looper), Pollyannna McIntosh (The Woman), James Duval (Donnie Darko »
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
15 items from 2015
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