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Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »
- Shane Ramirez
There are a whole lot of wham-slam superhero movies coming this summer, but for action fans, there may be no more anticipated summer blockbuster than Mad Max: Fury Road. Those breathtaking trailers! That sterling cast, led by Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron! There's a lot to look forward to here, and last night in Los Angeles, the wait until Fury Road's May 15 release got a little shorter as director George Miller unveiled the movie to Los Angeles press. While our reactions are currently embargoed, one audience member allowed to speak off the cuff was Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, who joined Miller for a post-screening Q&A and raved, "I am totally in awe of this movie." And while what's on the screen impressed at least Wright, the stories Miller told about how it all came together seemed almost as unbelievable as what made it into the movie. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Ever wanted to learn more about the science behind Shaun of the Dead's zombies, or the technological possibilities of Terminator 2?
Well, at the latest Pop Up Screens event, Science Flicktion, scientists and comedians will be on hand to explain the mysteries that arise with popular sci-fi films.
The scientist will then provide a commentary throughout the film, pausing the movie at certain points to explain what is happening on screen.
Science Flicktion will run on May 15, 16, 17 at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, with tickets costing £18 or £12 for students and under 10s. »
Although your humble correspondent missed three days of TriBeCa films in a row due to a back injury, there was no way he could miss Maggie. Director Henry Hobson was able to attract Arnold Schwarzenegger to his low-key zombie project, despite the fact that Hobson was making his feature debut with a budget so small that you could make Maggie two or three times over for the amount that Arnold was paid to appear in Terminator: Genisys. The uniqueness of Hobson’s vision is evident from the first scene, where he is able to establish clearly the particulars of his zombie semi-apocalypse with only the barest minimum of exposition. As society teeters on the edge, both law and medicine struggling to handle the “Necroambulist” virus, Abigail Breslin plays the infected Maggie and Schwarzenegger plays her father, agonizing over the decision of what to do when she turns.
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- Mark Young
Press Release -- "An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed horror comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern).
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands »
- Derek Anderson
Isn’t it nice when famous fanboys fanboy all over each other?
Joss Whedon, cult TV auteur and director of the “Avengers” movies, spoke to BuzzFeed about his career with Marvel ahead of “Avengers: Age of Ultron’s” impending release. In the interview, he mentioned that he was a big fan of Edgar Wright’s script for the studio’s upcoming “Ant-Man” movie that stars Paul Rudd.
“I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read,” Whedon told BuzzFeed. “It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa.”
He went on to say, “This is Marvel getting it exactly right.”
This is why Whedon was confused when the studio announced in 2014 that Wright would no longer direct “Ant-Man.” (Peyton Reed is now directing).
“Whatever dissonance that came, »
- Marianne Zumberge
We.re only a few months away from Ant-Man hitting theaters, but nearly a year ago, the film.s fate was much more uncertain. After eight years of working on the project, director Edgar Wright departed Ant-Man due to creative differences. Weeks later he was replaced by Bring It On director Peyton Reed, and his script was reworked by star Paul Rudd and comedy writer Adam McKay. Judging by interviews and trailers, the film looks like it got back on track easily enough, but for Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon, he.s still sad about Wright.s exit, having enjoyed reading the original Ant-Man story. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon talked about how Wright.s Ant-Man script was one of the best Marvel scripts he had ever read, and admitted that he was disappointed that things didn.t work out between the Shaun of the Dead director »
After completing work on his cold war thriller Bridge Of Spies with long-time collaborator Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg has turned his eye to something a little more family-friendly: The Bfg. The Roald Dahl adaptation has been on the director’s radar for years, and has at last commenced principal photography in Vancouver, B.C. with a starry cast all poised to bring the much-loved story to the big screen.
And if that prospect hasn’t tantalized your tastebuds, then brace yourself for this latest development. The classic tale will now go down in history as Spielberg’s first proper Disney movie. The mouse house has joined forces with Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to co-produce and co-finance the flick, with Disney set to distribute internationally.
Here’s what the legendary filmmaker had to say on the union:
“In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end »
- Gem Seddon
Master thief Scott Lang is embracing his powerful abilities as a superhero, including the ability to shrink in size but increase in strength, in the newly released trailer for the anticipated comic book film adaptation, ‘Ant-Man.’ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has unveiled the clip for the sci-fi Marvel film, which features Paul Rudd as one of the founding members of The Avengers, who’s coming to the big screen for the first time. Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man,’ which was directed by ‘Bring It On’ helmer, Peyton Reed, is set to be released in U.S. theaters on July 17. The action-adventure film’s story was crafted by ‘Shaun of the Dead’ writer-director, Edgar Wright, [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Amy Adams won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Keane, the true 1950s artist of big-eyed waif portraits, with Christoph Waltz playing her husband, Walter, who took all the credit. Tim Burton's drama was released as a digital download on April 3 but it's on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand as of April 14. The DVD and Blu-ray releases include "The Making of Big Eyes," and the Blu-ray also includes Q&A Highlights.
Director David Cronenberg's satire of the Hollywood film industry was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. and France last year and Germany in March, but it's finally getting a U.S. release on April 14. Julianne Moore leads the dark comedy's all-star cast, »
- Gina Carbone
★★★★☆ Taking into account the countless iterations of vampire mythology in popular culture over the last few years, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a stake had been driven through the heart of originality when it comes to the cinematic exploits of the toothsome undead. Thankfully, What We Do in the Shadows (2014) proves that not every last drop of blood has been drained. Akin to Edgar Wright's 2004 zom-rom-com Shaun of the Dead, this is a film that doesn't set out to outwardly parody the genre, instead using those long-established vampire tropes as a hook for the humour, flipping them for comedic effect in a whole variety of imaginative ways.
- CineVue UK
Stars: Eric Colvin, Jim Sweeney, Danny Brown, Simon Burbage, Jade Colucci, Joe Rainbow, Rachel Nottingham, Shamiso Mushambi, Georgia Winters, Rupert Phelps | Written and Directed by Jake Hawkins, Andy Phelps
Opening with a fantastic animated title sequence which explains the basic plot – soldiers return home from war infected with zombie-like symptoms which quickly spreads through out the populace – Zombie Resurrection is a brand-new, very British, take on the cliched zombie apocalypse tale. This time with one major change… One of the zombies in this movie displays Jesus-like powers! Yes, when he touches other zombies they are miraculously returned to life. Is this zombie “saviour” the cure for the undead plague, or is he heralding the end of the world?
From the offset Zombie Resurrection lays it cards on the table – this is Not a film to be taken seriously; even if there are a number of scary scenes that rival those »
- Phil Wheat
Read More: Watch: No One is Safe in 'Kill Me Three Times' Red Band Trailer (Nsfw) The story goes, that when Simon Pegg finished up the shoot for "Shaun of the Dead," a journalist asked if he was going to abandon British film and TV altogether for bigger and better jobs across the Atlantic. His reported response was, "It's not like I'm going to run off and do 'Mission: Impossible III'!" But "Mission Impossible III" is indeed what he did, followed by the "Mission Impossible" installments "Ghost Protocol" and the upcoming "Rogue Nation," on top of two "Star Trek" reboot films. In between these blockbusters, Pegg has acted in a slew of indies, much like his latest film, "Kill Me Three Times," which is now available on VOD and hits theaters tomorrow, April 10. In the comedic-action film, directed by Kriv Stenders, Pegg plays Charlie Wolfe, a »
- Casey Cipriani
Up to this point, the party line has been that the Klingons are the villains in the upcoming Star Trek 3. When we learned recently that Idris Elba is in the running to be the new big bad, many assumed that this means he will play one of the warlike aliens who have, up to now, been underutilized in the rebooted movie franchise. According to newly appointed co-screenwriter Simon Pegg, however, this is not the case. Absolute Radio caught up with Pegg on the red carpet, and they asked the Shaun of the Dead star if Elba is indeed playing a Klingon. He said: That.s not true.I head there.s a rumor he.s been spoken to about stuff, so he may be in the film, but he won.t be a Klingon. At the end of the brief interview, as he headed off on his merry way, »
Doc of the Dead, 2015.
Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe.
Apparently, this is the definitive documentary examining the rise of the zombie in modern pop culture. Hmm…
Think you know zombies? Of course you do, because no doubt you have seen Shaun of the Dead on one of its weekly showings on some made-for-twentysomethings TV channel or own one of the many DVD releases of Night of the Living Dead that likely includes a documentary or an interview with George A. Romero that covers everything you need to know about that seminal movie and the influence it has had. So what does Doc of the Dead have to offer that several dozen DVD extra features doesn’t? Not a great deal, if truth be told.
- Gary Collinson
For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
Diretor: Alexandre O. Phillippe
Running Time: 81 minutes
It charts the rise of the zombie from it’s humble beginnings in White Zombie through to it’s inclusive in the phenomenal hit that is The Walking Dead, stopping off at George A. Romero’s trilogy of course. Other movies that have shaped the zombie landscape such as Return Of The Living Dead, Shaun Of The Dead and World War Z also get put under the spotlight. The talking heads include Mr Romero, along with Robert Kirkman, the writer behind the Walking Dead graphic novels – who has a strange outlook on his creation, author of World War Z Max Brooks, »
- Kat Smith
Out on DVD and VOD on Monday, Doc of the Dead is the most comprehensive look at the zombie sub-genre within horror. To celebrate its release, Luke Owen sat down with director Alexandre O. Philippe to talk about the documentary, his thoughts on the genre and what’s the worst zombie movie he’s ever seen…
Lo: The film got a great reception at last year’s Film4 FrightFest (read our review here), how has the reception to the movie been for you?
Aop: It’s been great you know. We premiered at SXSW back in March and I’ve been pretty much traveling the world ever since! It’s been pretty non-stop. And the response has been great across the board and it’s been great to share it with fans and audiences around the world. »
- Luke Owen
Shaun of the Dead star, who is co-writing the sci-fi sequel, suggests the film will go back to basics
In a conversation with Comic Book Resources, Pegg revealed that he hopes to inject an element of Apollo-era optimism into Star Trek 3, which will be the first new film in the long-running space saga since the death of original Spock Leonard Nimoy and is rumoured to be starring Idris Elba as the main villain.
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- Ben Child
If the title appeals, then you’re probably going to be tolerably amused by “Deathgasm,” which combines heavy metal, gore-horror and comedy into an inevitably rude, bloody mess. Still, this amiably dumb feature debut for New Zealand writer-director Jason Lei Howden could have used some additional polish on the scripting side to bump its bad-taste humor up from the routinely to the inspirationally silly. Offshore, the pic is guaranteed a run on the fantasy fest circuit and niche home-format sales pickups in relevant territories.
When teenage Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) sees his widowed mom packed off to a mental institution, he’s sent to live with his nearest relatives. Unfortunately, Uncle Albert (Colin Moy) and Aunt Mary (Jodie Rimmer) are conservative evangelical Christians who take great umbrage at their long-haired, tat-sporting nephew’s fondness for the devil’s music. (Pic’s soundtrack is duly packed with cuts from from such savory acts as Skull Fist, »
- Dennis Harvey
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