17 items from 2014
Legend has is that the seventh son of a seventh son is born with certain special powers, which, in Joseph Delaney’s “Wardstone Chronicles” fantasy-lit series, include the ability to see supernatural beings and, potentially, to kill witches. But given the unusually long gestation period for Universal’s film adaptation, “Seventh Son” — which opens in the U.S. on Feb. 6, nearly a year later than originally planned — one shouldn’t be all that surprised to discover some pretty significant birth defects, among them a tired plot, some very unspecial effects, and a pair of grotesquely uneven performances from Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
Considering that Universal was still licking its wounds from the pricey Keanu Reeves debacle “47 Ronin” (like this project, an extravagant vfx-driven tentpole from a Russian director ill suited for Hollywood) when “Seventh Son” was supposed to open last February, it makes sense that the distributor opted to »
- Peter Debruge
For this week’s brand new spotlight piece (after taking a week off), I wanted to cite an A-lister who is known as one of the most deeply committed actors of his generation. Yes, it’s Christian Bale, an Academy Award winner who just overflows with talent. Once considered an incredibly snubbed actor who never quite captured Oscar’s attention, he’s since moved on to a much more respected part of his career, while also stepping effortlessly between blockbusters and independent fare. At this point, he’s almost a favorite of the voters and a multiple time nominee. As such, he’s someone I’d wanted to shine the spotlight on for some time, I’ve just been waiting for the right moment… Bale got started briefly as a teenager in television movies, but for most, the first real exposure to him came in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, »
- Joey Magidson
Shed your shirts and fire up your…bongos… as Cargill and I begin Mc-Genre-hey, a month-long series on the great genre films of Matthew McConaughey. To kick things off, we’re taking a dragon-sized bite out of the post-apocalyptic masterpiece that is Reign of Fire. What makes this film so good? Why didn’t it take off with audiences the way it should have? And how did this film potentially plant the seeds for the current McConaissance? All that, plus (in case we were coy about it before)…Dragons!!! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #30 Directly On This Week’s Show: Pre-Ramble [0:00 - 2:04] Dragon Tales [2:05 - 52:17] Fin Du Show [52:18 - 56:02] Films Discussed: [Click to buy, help us keep the lights on] Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show:
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- Brian Salisbury
Alright, alright, alright, it’s the Matthew McConaughey quiz!
He may have an Oscar to his name after his stellar turn in last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, but we’ll never be able to distance the actor from his iconic catchphrase. And that’s probably okay with him, given that he uttered those words himself to applause during his Best Actor acceptance speech.
Over the years we’ve watched McConaughey transform from the perpetual high schooler who gets older while the girls stay the same age, performed his duties as the eye candy and romantic lead in various rom-coms, and dipped his toes in everything from horror to action, and whatever you want to classify his post-apocalyptic dragon-fighting shirtless turn in Reign of Fire as.
This week, he’s venturing into uncharted territory as Cooper, an astronaut on a mission to save humanity inChristopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Interstellar. »
- Rachel West
Beverly Hills — It was time for a victory lap for last year's Best Actor Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as the "Interstellar" star was honored by the American Cinematheque at the Beverly Hilton's famed International Ballroom Tuesday night. A roll call of the star's leading ladies was on hand to take part in the tribute, which closed with "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan doing the honors of presenting the hardware. Kate Hudson ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Fool's Gold"), Anne Hathaway ("Interstellar"), Jennifer Garner ("Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Dallas Buyers Club") and Reese Witherspoon ("Mud") all took the stage at various moments throughout the evening to tell anecdotes and present clip packages from McConaughey's early years, his romantic comedy stretch, actioners, legal dramas and, of course, the "McConaissance" of late, as it's been dubbed. When Nolan had his turn, however, he bristled a bit at that moniker. "I'm not a believer in the McConaissance, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Jimmy Kimmel has been named as host and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain are among the first wave of stars announced to pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey as he becomes the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. The organization’s annual benefit gala is October 21 at the Beverly Hilton.
Others announced this morning for the show include Cole Hauser, who co-starred as Benny O’Donnell opposite McConaughey in 1993’s Dazed And Confused, the star’s first film. Lili Fini Zanuck, producer of McConaughey’s 2002 film Reign Of Fire, has also been added to the show, with more co-stars and associates expected to be named in the coming days.
Witherspoon appeared opposite McConaughey in 2013’s Mud, while Chastain is in his much-anticipated upcoming November 14 release Interstellar. Garner worked with him on Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past and last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar. »
- Pete Hammond
London-based visual effects company to open animation unit in Montreal and begin production on 3D feature Charming.
UK digital visual effects company Cinesite is to create a slate of family animation features with 3Qu Media, the new CG-animation production company headed by Shrek producer John Williams and Henry Skelsy, managing partner of Fulton Capital Management.
The first project will be Charming, an irreverent animated comedy that re-imagines the tales of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty who discover they are all engaged to the same prince.
The film will be produced by Williams and directed by Ross Vemokur (Animal Crackerz).
Williams said: “We believe Charming can be a big commercial success and we hope this will be the beginning of a long time feature animation association between 3Qu and Cinesite’s super talented artists, technicians, and production team.”
“This deal is »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Coming from Conor McMahon, director of cult horror movie Stitches, From The Dark, filmed on location in Co. Laois, has finished principal photography. Starring Irish talent Niamh Algar (Savage Eye), Stephen Cromwell (Love/Hate), and Gerry O'Brien (Reign of Fire), From The Dark tells the story of a young couple who encounter an ancient evil on a road trip through the Irish countryside. No word whether this will follow the humorous road taken by Stitches, but judging by the creepy first image from the movie above, featuring Algar trapped in an underground tunnel, I have a feeling McMahon might be tackling straight horror this time round. No release date has been given for From The Dark as of yet. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Tattoos are all the rage these days. All it takes is a walk through any town centre to see heavily tattooed models advertising the clothes of major high street stores to realise that such things are no longer the reserve of criminals, soldiers and sailors. This also means that tattoos can no longer be used by the costume designers and directors of films to give a character an intimidating aura or some edginess – so many people choose to adorn their bodies with ink these days that they just don’t have the same impact on-screen.
Though tattoos were certainly used in the past as a rather unimaginative means of making an actor look like a badass, permanent markings on the body can be used to much greater effect in film. Tattoos – in their purest form, at least – are supposed to capture part of who we are, so there is no »
- Sam Heard
I first met Jim Mickle when he was in Chicago last fall to promote his family cannibal tale We Are What We Are. At that time, his newest Cold in July was only known to me an intriguing plot synopsis, but as Mickle shares below, it was in the middle of finding the form it claims now.
The film stars Michael C. Hall as a family man who unexpectedly enters into the very violent and personal odyssey of his stalker (played by Sam Shepard). Don Johnson stars in the film as well, which features a killer 80s aesthetic, replete with warbling synths in the score, and White Lion’s “Wait” blasting after a brutal climax. Mickle co-wrote the film with frequent collaborator Nick Damici, as adapted from the story by Joe R. Lansdale.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with him via phone for this new film, where we discussed the expectations he faced, »
- Nick Allen
I've recently been circling around the idea of actually getting a tattoo. If I get one, it will be my first. But I've been thinking about some of the tattoos that I've seen in the movies over the years, and I started looking them up online to remind myself of what they looked like. I would never get a tattoo that I saw in a movie, it'd have to be an original design, but I was looking for a little inspiration.
While going through all the movie tattoos that I could think of, I decided to put together a list of some of the most memorable tattoos have been featured on the big screen. Here they are in no particular order.
How many of you forgot about how badass McConaughey was in this dragon slaying action film?! He sported some crazy cool tattoo art in it. »
- Joey Paur
Through True Detective, Matthew McConaughey has proved a master of the nihilistic, fatalistic observation — probably because he's been doing it for years. He's dabbled in darkness in such films as Reign of Fire and Mud, but has also tossed off a cynical remark or two in his most hammy rom-coms. With True Detective's season finale coming up this Sunday (or, in a flat-circle time line, has already happened this weekend), it's time to play True or False Detective: Look at the quotes below and click "True" if Rust said it and "False" if it came out of the mouth of a different McConaughey character. The answer will be revealed with a check for right or an X for wrong. Good luck, but you won't need it, as you've already got the score you'll always get. »
- Jesse David Fox
Actor known for swashbuckling, wisecracking roles has muscled in on Hollywood's top table with role in Dallas Buyers Club
With the Academy Awards taking place on 2 March, a once almost unthinkable name has edged to the front of the best actor pack: Matthew McConaughey, once the bronzed clown prince of the romcom. His film Dallas Buyers Club, which hits British cinemas this weekend, has already won him top prizes at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. The Oscar narrative, for what it's worth, has his name pencilled in.
He plays Ron Woodroof, a roguish character with Aids who starts importing drug treatments, and generated many faux-concerned tabloid headlines for his gaunt appearance. His performance is far more than mere body shock, however.
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Reign Of Fire with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey! The Story: In present-day London, twelve-year-old Quinn watches as his mother, a construction »
- Paul Shirey
Jackson Ball on the career resurgence of Matthew McConaughey....
Hollywood is often painted as a cruel, unforgiving place. A place where second chances are few and far-between and if you blow your ‘big break’, you are forgotten instantaneously. It sounds like quite a bleak environment to be around, so it’s always reassuring when someone comes along and breaks the trend, seizing hold of a second chance with both hands. One such person is Mr. Matthew McConaughey.
Cast your minds back to 2009; McConaughey had just released the rather abysmal rom-com Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. This shocker capped off a good decades-worth of drivel for the actor, who seemed to be singled-handed stocking and restocking DVD bargain-bins the world over. McConaughey’s main offences included barrel-scraping rom-coms (The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch), unenjoyable ‘adventure’ films (Reign of Fire, Fool’s Gold), and a variety of other flops (Two for the Money, »
- Gary Collinson
The Oscar nominations are officially out! And they're...fine. We're happy for everyone. As we wait to see who takes home awards on the night, let's look back at the nominees' in the Best Actor categories best and worst movies. Their best movies weren't always "Oscar-worthy." Their worst movies were really bad. Best Actor: Christian Bale (nominated for American Hustle) Best Movie: American Psycho. Because this scene alone is the best work Christian Bale has ever done and is one of the best scenes in any movie ever. Worst Movie: Reign of Fire. You might think a movie about dragons taking over the world would, at the very least, be exciting (it's not). »
17 items from 2014
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