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As the curtain comes down on 2013, one noticeable theme runs through some of the most decorated films of the last 12 months: endurance. Tom Hanks confronted Somali pirates in Captain Phillips, Sandra Bullock found herself tumbling through the void in Gravity, and next week Robert Redford delivers an incredible, near-wordless performance as a man adrift at sea in All Is Lost.
There must be something in (or on and around) the water, because Hollywood has long held a fascination with perils such as these. From Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat to scary shark-fest Open Water and visual effects extravaganza Life of Pi, putting someone's mortality on the line makes for incredible drama.
With All Is Lost arriving in cinemas on December 26, Digital Spy takes a look at five notable survival movies that pushed their protagonists to their absolute limits...
Based on a true story, this film focused on a Uruguayan rugby »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 19 Dec 2013 - 06:30
Our journey through the lesser-known films of the 2000s continues. This week, it's 2003...
It was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger went from Terminator actor to Governor of California, and when The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King dominated the global box office with a gross of more than $1bn. 2003 was also the year the Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy thundered to a close, the year Freddy Krueger clashed with Jason Voorhees in, er, Freddy Vs Jason, and the year Pixar scored another hit with Finding Nemo.
But as you've probably gathered by now, 2003 was also a year of quite brilliant, less lucrative films. The movies we've included in this week's list were chosen for a variety of reasons - some were ignored in cinemas, while others were harshly treated by critics. Some were modestly popular or given awards on release, »
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage (2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.
These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name. »
- Terek Puckett
Manis Film announced that production started on Big Sky, the English-language debut of Mexican helmer Jorge Michel Grau (the original We Are What We Are). The film will star Bella Thorne (upcoming The Familymoon with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner), Kyra Sedgwick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner for The Closer; The Possession; upcoming films Kill Your Darlings and Reach Me), Frank Grillo (The Grey; End of Watch; Zero Dark Thirty; upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables; Howl; USA's Graceland). Principal photography commenced this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Here's what producer Randy Manis had to say about the production.
"Big Sky is a suspenseful and thrilling story that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as our troubled characters tumble further into peril. We are very »
Steven C. Miller is all set for his next directorial outing, Submerged. The plot follows a group of college kids fighting for their lives after their limousine becomes submerged (that’s the title) in a canal. Sounds as though it could be yet another interesting claustrophobic/survivalist horror in the vein of Open Water and Frozen. Mother’S Day remake writer Scott Milam is penning the screenplay, while Evolution Entertainment’s Brad Kaplan and Tiffany Kuzon are producing.
I love minimalist horror films, and Steven C. Miller has done some great work. Most notably, for me at least, his under rated TV movie, Scream Of The Banshee, which was a hell of a lot of fun as well as featuring some unforgettable practical effects. He followed it up with another immensely enjoyable horror, Under The Bed. I’m yet to see his last film, a remake of seasonal horror Silent Night, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
With a decent September in the rearview mirror, the domestic box office is poised for an above-average October thanks to movies like Gravity, Captain Phillips and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. The current October record of $693.4 million was set in 2009; while this lineup may not be able to match that, it's certainly going to get close.October 4October kicks off with what is arguably its most-anticipated movie: after completing principal photography over two years ago, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity finally hits theaters this weekend. Set in Earth's orbit, the movie features Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts struggling to survive after they're shuttle is destroyed. While this premise has generated some cynicism*a common refrain is that it's too similar Cast Away or Open Water*that's been largely alleviated by strong marketing and stellar early reviews. Gravity's box office prospects are also aided by the fact that many »
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The master of the long take is finally ending a fittingly long absence, as the stellar new film Gravity delivers just about everything you could want or hope for from the return of Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. After a tumultuous four years in production, numerous cast changes, and an ambitious premise to explain both, Gravity’s entry into the awards season atmosphere is flaming red hot, with festival showings over the last month eliciting the kind of slack-jawed astonishment from viewers you’d expect to hear from those who have actually been to outer space. With multiple critics claiming the movie presents a completely new type of filmmaking, it’s easy to think you’re being given a starry-eyed hard sell. And while no, Cuarón hasn’t necessarily reinvented the reel, what he has made is one of the most technically stunning, and viscerally mesmerizing film experiences to appear in a long, »
- Sam Woolf
Chicago – As much as our love for Netflix continues to grow on a daily basis as the company expands its grip on the streaming empire by offering brilliant programming like “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” the interface, both on computer and iOS can be a little overwhelming. How do you find something worth watching?
Some of the personalized recommendations are good. Some are horrendous. Let us be your guide. On the first Tuesday of every month (and likely more often as the library of this service continues to grow), we’ll give you ten interesting movies to add to your queue. We’ll shoot for a mix of new and old, a variety of genres, major films and minor ones — the “something for everyone” aspect that Netflix uses so well. We’ll be brief — ten movies, ten Netflix descriptions, our brief reasons as to why these flicks made the cut, »
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Did you see Kon-tiki when it was in theaters earlier this year? It is an amazing adventure and the kind of film we avid movie goers haven’t seen in a long time.
Based on the amazing true adventure of Thor Heyderdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), Kon-tiki is the tale of a Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage of a lifetime to prove a point. When the scientific community rejects his theory that South Americans were the first to settle in the Polynesian Islands, Heyerdahl resolves to prove its validity—and save his reputation—by embarking on the voyage himself. Recruiting a group of five men who are just bold enough to tackle the seemingly impossible trip, he builds a simple raft to original pre-Columbian specifications and sets off on the epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous ocean to meet his fate, while the world watches.
In case you »
- Michelle McCue
Today Eros Entertainment set free the trailer for Warning 3D, the first shark attack movie in India in quite a long time. Classic trash fans may recall the epically hilarious Jaws ripoff Aatank starring Dharmendra, but that's been nearly 20 years now (though you'd swear it was the early 80s based on the quality). The recent spate of shark attack films in the English speaking world has finally spawned an answer in India, in something that looks like a cross between Bait 3D, Open Water, and Shark Night. Impossibly pretty people on a pleasure cruise getting attacked by questionably believable CG sharks.The film is a production from Anubhav Sinha's newish production company, Benaras MediaWorks. Sinha made his name as a director, starting out with moderate...
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Directed by Adam Wingard and starring Sharni Vinson, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, Ti West and Amy Seimetz; You’re Next will be in cinemas across the UK from August 28th 2013. To celebrate we’re giving away a bundle of horror DVDs, which includes:
Also up for grabs is a poster signed by Sharni Vinson and t-shirt!
‘You’re Next’ – a chilling warning scrawled in blood on a neighbour’s wall, starts an evening of bloody mayhem for the Davison family.
A lively reunion is abruptly brought to an end when a gang of mysterious killers, disguised in animal masks, wage an all-out assault on the Davison’s secluded home. Using a series of sophisticated traps, axes, crossbows and machetes, the family are slaughtered one by one until nowhere is safe. But neither the attackers, nor their victims, »
- Phil Wheat
Are you ready for Life of Pi meets Open Water - Robert Redford-style? The All Is Lost trailer is here, and it's pretty nerve-wracking. Robert Redford is the only person in the movie, as a man whose ship begins to sink. As time goes on, his situation gets worse and worse, as evidenced by the fact that he ends up on a floating raft with sharks circling below. You may be thinking, "Robert Redford in a two-hour, one-man show? Not for me." I urge you to watch the trailer, because it's really mesmerizing. There aren't a lot of words, but the tension is incredibly high and though he's in the middle of the vast ocean, the trailer makes you feel almost claustrophobic. The movie got great reviews at Cannes, and it opens in wide release on Oct. 18. Check out the trailer after the jump. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Remember the 2003 film Open Water where 2 scuba divers were left stranded and adrift in the ocean surrounded by sharks? Only this time, it’s two astronauts stranded and adrift in outer space running out of oxygen in director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.
I haven’t even seen the movie and the three scenes below are already giving me an anxiety attack.
Here they are in order… strap yourself in and get ready for a white-knuckle ride.
Good recruitment videos at Space Camp, dontcha think?
Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and »
- Michelle McCue
Some of you may remember Open Water, an indy film released back in 2003. It was about a married couple stranded alone, just floating out in the ocean. It had lots of potential to be a taut, unique thriller. It was also boring as hell, because they never did anything but float. That seems like it might be what we get into with the upcoming Gravity. Sure the trailers are awesome, but they don't seem to have much narrative potential. Check out the second one after the jump. »
- David Hoffman
What this new trailer amounts to is an unedited, single take moment from Alfonso Cuaron's new space thriller, Gravity, which shows us how Clooney and Bullock get launched into space. To say it is an impressive piece of cinema is an understatement, I think. Not only is it thrilling and terrifying, but its dizzying, whirling camera makes you feel like you're in the thick of things. Just, wow.
Apparently the film screened at Sdcc and the response was good, the consensus being that it was one of the only "original" projects in a sea of monsters and superheroes. My question is whether it's essentially just Open Water in space. I'm not trying to be glib either, just curious. [Continued ...] »
This may be the scariest video you see all week.Warner Bros. just released a new trailer for its upcoming flick "Gravity" -- and it looks absolutely terrifying. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the movie looks like a sci-fi "Open Water," showing what happens when two astronauts are stuck floating through space with limited oxygen.The clip above shows just :90 of a 17-minute continuous open shot ... a shot that is sure to be one of the most intense things ever.Bullock recently talked about the unconventional filming technique for the flick at Comic-Con, revealing that she spent 10 hours a day locked in a 9-by-9-foot cube by herself."They had me strung up for 8-10 hours day," she said. "I learned to meditate up there. Alfonso gave me boxes of CDs with sounds that would set the tone for a scene and help me stay in the right head space. »
- tooFab Staff
Saturday is the busiest and buzziest day of Comic-Con, with the major studios taking over the massive Hall H with a varied slate of mega-budget blockbuster hopefuls, genre curios, remakes, cartoons, potential Oscar nominees, and January dumping-ground dreck. The Warner Bros./Legendary program, which kicked off today’s Hall H schedule featured six full panels and a sneak peek-ish original scene from a long-in-the-works videogame adaptation — the studio wound up conquering Twitter just by putting a couple of logos together.
Obviously, it would be ridiculous to offer any kind of qualitative assessment of these projects: Comic-Con panels are basically extended »
- Darren Franich
The Cannes Film Festival, arguably the most important showcase for international cinema of the year, just wrapped up on the Riviera with Blue is the Warmest Color winning the coveted Palme D'Or and Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Berenice Bejo (The Past) winning Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. Typically heavy on dramatic fare, Cannes is never one of the best festival markets for horror premieres, although a lot of international sales do happen on and off the competition circuit of the fest. It's not like South by Southwest or even Sundance, where one can be assured that horror is going to play a prominent of the buzz coming out of the festival. However, all is not lost for horror fans looking for a sneak peek of what's lurching over the arthouse horizon. From names major (Jim Jarmusch, Takashi Miike) and minor (Ruairi Robinson, Jim Mickle), the 2013 Cannes audience were treated »
- Brian Tallerico
Oh my god. This makes an icy black hole in the pit of my stomach. Is this gonna be like Open Water, but in space? Cuz that is one of the most horrifying movies I’ve ever seen. One thing: Please tell me Alfonso Cuarón is going to acknowledge reality and not have the sound of explosions impossibly reverberating through a vacuum. Please? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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