11 items from 2013
Lachlan Woods, Noah Taylor, Jessica Clarke, Robert Taylor, Malcolm Kennard and Catherine McClements head the cast of quirky comedy The Menkoff Method, which starts shooting in Melbourne on September 10.
The director is David Parker, who makes a return to directing after a long absence: he shot Diana & Me, a 1997 comedy that starred Toni Collette as Aussie Diana Spencer, who wins a trip for two to London where she is determined to meet her idol and namesake Princess Diana.
In the interim Parker has shot plenty of TVCs and written and worked as Dop on his wife Nadia Tass. films and as Dop on films such as Kel Dolen.s upcoming vengeance thriller John Doe and Kath & Kimderella.
Parker sparked to The Menkoff Method screenplay by first-timer Zac Gillam, describing it as .very different and laugh-out loud funny,. and spent nearly a year developing it with the writer.
Woods (Better Man, »
- Don Groves
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release information for The Frozen Ground, details on the film version of Hello Herman, starring Norman Reedus, multiple trailers, impressions of Zombie Massacre, and much more:
The Frozen Ground Theatrical Release Details: “The Frozen Ground is inspired by the incredible true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to pile up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) reveals key information about the case, Halcombe is finally »
- Tamika Jones
World War Z, 2013
Directed by Marc Forster.
United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
It's a movie that has had a troubled and well-documented production. It's a movie that has been hated by fans of the novel from the moment the trailer debuted. It's a movie that really stood no chance of doing well. But do you know what, it's actually a great movie.
Being a huge fan of Max Brook's wonderful novel of the same name, I had fairly low expectations going into World War Z. The trailers made it look like nothing more than your average run-of-the-mill zombie film, the »
Some movies have a difficult journey to the big screen, and it shows. World War Z is the latest film to experience such a problematic production, and although it isn’t perfect, it wasn’t a wasted effort.
World War Z is based on a book that doesn’t have a main character or primary storyline. For those who are not aware, Max Brook’s book of the same name tells the story of a world-wide zombie invasion from different individual accounts. The main character is the writer himself, listening to these stories and forming a big picture from other people’s words to help explain to the reader the post-apocalyptic social and physical landscape. In other words, this isn’t exactly something that transforms easily into a movie, let alone a big-budget blockbuster.
Therefore the film makers had a tough task ahead of them before they even began filming. »
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Rising from an early grave of negative pre-release publicity, director Marc Forster and producer-star Brad Pitt’s much-maligned “World War Z” emerges as a surprisingly smart, gripping and imaginative addition to the zombie-movie canon, owing as much to scientific disaster movies like “The China Syndrome” and “Contagion” as it does to undead ur-texts like the collected works of George Romero. Showing few visible signs of the massive rewrites, reshoots and other post-production patchwork that delayed its release from December 2012, this sleekly crafted, often nail-biting tale of global zombiepocalypse clicks on both visceral and emotional levels, resulting in an unusually serious-minded summer entertainment whose ideal audience might be described as comicbook fanboys who also listen to “Democracy Now.” Opening a week apart from the more four-quadrant-friendly “Man of Steel” in most markets, “World War Z” should post solid enough numbers at home and abroad, but with a rumored final cost well north of $200 million, »
- Scott Foundas
Benaroya Pictures and International Film Trust have acquired the rights to the remaining international territories for Cell, the forthcoming film based on the bestselling Stephen King novel. The film is set to be directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2). Read on for the full press release.
(Cannes, France) – May 15, 2013 – On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s newly formed international sales company, International Film Trust (Ift), has added a new title to their Cannes slate: the Stephen King adaptation, Cell starring John Cusack, it was announced today by Ift President Ariel Veneziano.
- Andy Greene
Review James Stansfield 7 May 2013 - 07:15
Banshee delivers a slightly more restrained, character-driven episode this week. Here's James' review of The Rave...
This review contains spoilers.
1.2 The Rave
At the conclusion of Banshee’s raucous opening episode we were left with the impression that small town Mafioso Kai Proctor had finally met his match in new pseudo-Sheriff Lucas Hood. By the time the credits flashed across the screen at the end of The Rave we were left feeling almost sorry for Hood as the man tasked with the job of bringing Proctor into line. In a largely character-driven episode, Banshee showed its audience just how bad a man Kai Proctor actually is.
At the core of Banshee’s second instalment was the scheming of Proctor to get Hood on side, but before we got to that a few more pieces of Lucas and Ana’s criminal past fell into place. »
I’ve got a confession to make. I actually haven’t read Max Brook’s novel of ‘World War Z’ just yet. I have however enjoyed immensely his previous book, the comical ‘The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead,’ and although I’ve heard nothing but good things about his follow-up which is a narrative take on the zombie post-apocalypse, it’s just one of those things I haven’t been able to squeeze the time in to read. And hence, I am the ideal target audience member for Paramount’s huge big budget summer blockbuster movie adaptation, because like me, most people going into this movie will have no prior knowledge of its inspiration.
In fact, early rumblings from diehard fans of the book are that the movie version only seems to share the title and basic overall story structure of its source material. While »
- Rob Galluzzo
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2013 Oscars have come to a close, but that doesn't mean us dedicated followers of the almighty awards season stop looking ahead twelve months from now when a new film will be crowned king of the world amidst all the backlash and hate that swirls around the event. Instead of focusing on the negative, let's keep positive. Let's look forward to the next ten months of 2013 and ponder what possible great films we may have in store. While we may second guess the decisions of the Academy and consider them out-of-step with current trends in film, at the very least they give us a chance to consider what may be the best the year has to offer and what will be the most talked about films and performances come this year's awards race. Pushing the build-up aside, my early year 2014 Oscar Preview begins today with the first ten films in a 40 movie preview. »
- Brad Brevet
11 items from 2013
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