8 items from 2017
Fifteen years ago, Swimfan came to the big screen. Made for $10 million, Swimfan grossed $34 million worldwide. This tale of a swimmer (Jesse Bradford) who engages the wrong girl (Erika Christensen) in a one night stand, was essentially Fatal Attraction for the teen set. And, as hyperbolic as this may sound, it was also the best film of 2002. Even if it doesn't make IMDb's most underrated list for the Aughts.
Okay, so it came nowhere near an Academy Award nomination. Hell, it didn't even pick up an MTV Movie Awards nod. Does anybody believe that the best picture winner for any given year is really The best picture? If we ignore that idea altogether, then it is plausible Swimfan was indeed the best overall film released all throughout 2002. It may not have done the biggest box office, barely anyone remembers it now, but what it did in a cerebral sense, and with its visceral imagery, »
Some of the best horror/thrillers in the world come out of South Korea, and it looks like another unsettling movie is on the horizon in the form of director Jung Huh’s (Hide and Seek) creature-feature Mimic. The first official still from the movie has arrived online for our viewing pleasure, courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting:
Not much to see here, but it becomes quite creepy once one reads an official synopsis for the film:
“Hee-yeon moves to her hometown near Mt. Jang, wishing her mother-in-law remembers how she lost Hee-yeon’s longing son, Jun-suh. One day, near a cave at Mt. Jang, Hee-yeon meets a girl in tatter and reminds of Jun-suh. Feeling sympathy, Hee-yeon decides to spare a bed until she finds a girl’s parents. Gradually, the girl mimics Hee-yeon’s daughter, Jun-hee’s name, voice, and look; eventually, calling Hee-yeon, mom. As the girl enters the house, »
- Jordan Jones
Stars: Rachel Dipillo, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Samuel Larsen, James Landry Hébert, Sandy Valles, Alex Shaffer, Michael Filipowich, Joey Abril, Juliana A. Morgan | Written by Darrell Wheat, Kyle Arrington | Directed by Darrell Wheat
Originally titled Recovery (which makes sense given that a key plot point in the film involves recovering a phone), Hide and Seek is one of those movies that made a splash online when first announced and then seemigly died a death – sneaking out onto DVD and VOD this week without any fanfare. Which, given how mundane this film is, may be the best possible outcome for the movie… For without the negativity of reviews, Darrell Wheat’s modern-day slasher movie may just find an audience.
Hide and Seek opens on a creepy family who, it turns out, have a girl trapped in a trunk in the basement! From what I can gather in the all-too-brief intro, is that »
- Phil Wheat
After receiving over 3,000 submissions since December 2016, the 18th annual Fine Cut Festival of Films has selected its group of winners. This year’s finalists were selected from a juror made up of industry professionals, including critic Pete Hammond, Ida Executive Director Simon Kilmurry, actress Linda Cardellini, producer John Ptak, producer Effie T. Brown, IndieWire staff writer Steve Greene, director Javier Fuentes-Leon and filmmakers Corinne Marrinan and Chris Tashima.
The winners were as follows:
Student Filmmaker Award
“Door to Freedom”
Writer/Director: Jeremias Bayerl
Logline: What if the deepest issue of the refugee crisis is packed into the moral of a bedtime story? A drama, in which a boy has to escape from war and overcome several barriers in order to reach his goal, a wooden door, his only chance to freedom. A paradox world that is truly sad, finally revealing a bizarre surprise.
Viewers Choice Award
Director: Bucher Almzain
Writer: J. Scott Sibley, »
- Zack Sharf
Company sells controlling interest to Vine and Falcon to fund growth of original and existing IP; ‘Matrix’ exploitation on the table.
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) is to develop a complementary business to its studio co-financing activities that will enable the company to initiate its own properties across multiple platforms.
The move comes as Vine Alternative Investments and Falcon Investment Advisors have taken a “controlling interest” and pledged ongoing commitment to Vreg’s Australian parent company Village Roadshow Limited, which remains a “significant” shareholder.
The move will enable Vreg to initiate and produce a broader range of content – the vision encompasses film, TV and digital at this stage – while remaining committed to the studio co-financing and co-producing business, where partners have included Warner Bros in the main, and Sony Pictures.
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“My Little Brother,” the first Korean-language title picked up for local distribution by Walt Disney, will be handled in other markets by Contents Panda, the international sales arm of Next Entertainment World.
Previously known as “Yes, Family,” the family drama is directed by multihyphenate script editor-turned-director Ma Dae-yun. The story revolves around three siblings who encounter their previously unknown youngest brother. Opening in Korea on Feb. 15, the picture made a total of $302,000.
Contents Panda is also giving launches at FilMart to two new genre titles: “Villainess,” a mystery actioner by “Confession of Murder” director Jung Byung-gil; and horror “the Mimic,” by “Hide and Seek” director Huh Jung.
Currently in production, “Villainess” is the story of a woman raised as a killer and stars Kim Ok-vin as the title character. Set for a summer release in Korea, ”The Mimic” is currently in post-production. “Mimic” tells the story of a mysterious creature »
- Sonia Kil
The red-haired, freckle-faced Archie Andrews hasn’t been in such demand since the sweet days of “Sugar, Sugar,” but one unlikely gig is in danger of melting away: A rights battle could be keeping the cartoon group’s 1968 song “Hide And Seek” from a spot on Netflix’s The Get Down. While Archie’s live-action iteration on the CW’s Riverdale has his own musical ambitions, the character’s old cartoon band seems to have lost a gig, for now anyway, on the Netflix hip-hop… »
Chinese director Zhao Xiang makes his feature debut on the title.
Sao Paulo-based distributor Swen Group has picked up international rights to Zhao Xiang’s Stonehead, which is receiving its world premiere in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section.
The film, which is Zhao’s feature debut, is set in a remote village in China where only children and old people are left, as most of the adults have gone to work in the big cities. Ten-year-old Stonehead is one of the ‘left behind’ village boys who longs to see his parents.
The sale to Swen Group was arranged by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. While Swen’s »
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8 items from 2017
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