8 items from 2015
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.
Also Read: 19 Biggest Box-Office Bombs and Bummers in 2014: From ‘The Giver’ to ‘Winter’s Tale’ (Photos)
- 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 »
8 items from 2015
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