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Josh Trank’s debut, Chronicle, was a surprise hit of 2012. The film fused the found-footage genre with superhero tropes to create a coming-of-age story that was both fresh and exciting. Trank’s ability to transcend these tired trends and motifs made him an ideal candidate to finally do justice to the Fantastic Four franchise, one that had an unreleased early 90s film, and two poor mid-00s flicks. However, with production problems between Trank and cast members, and no advanced press screening, many pundits were concerned this would be a mess.
The results are in, and it is not only a poor film, but has been described as the worst reviewed Marvel film to-date. That’s not good. Trank responded openly via tweet to this, noting how Fox had – ah, »
- Matthew Lee
August 6th of this year marks the 70th anniversary of the drop of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, and the dawn of the atomic age. The BBC is marking the occasion with a week long series of programming beginning Sunday called BBC Four Goes Nuclear. Kicking off the program on Sunday is a new documentary by Mark Cousins, “Storyville: Atomic – Living In Dread And Promise.” Cousins, of course, is the man behind the unprecedented “The Story Of Film: An Odyssey,” the 15-hour doc that redefined the history of cinema. Read More: Review: Mark Cousins’ ‘Life May Be’ ‘Storyville: Atomic’ explores life in the atomic age, from the death and destruction of the bombs, to the improvements in quality of life provided by X-Rays and MRIs, all done featuring only archive film and a brand new score by Scottish rockers Mogwai. The band has done soundtrack work in the past »
- Gary Garrison
However, “We have a new framework and a new set of rules for the mythology,” Campbell tells the site, previewing a “more personal threat” to Witnesses Abbie and Ichabod.
He also confirmed Michael Ausiello’s scoop that »
The Penarth Pier Pavilion in South Wales (recognisable to eagle-eyed viewers as the pier in which Andrea Yates fell to her untimely death in the 2007 Sarah Jane Adventures episode Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?, and the pier in which Tommy Brockless and Toshiko Sato discussed old times in the Torchwood episode, 2008’s The Last Man) will be hosting it’s tenth Doctor...
- David Power
Director: Roland Joffe.
Running Time: 105 minutes
Synopsis: A love story set over parallel universes, a scientist (Hartnett) exploring the depths for lost treasures ends up in a coma. From there we are transported to India during Britain’s attempts to turn vast stretches of land into its empire. Here, a Scottish soldier (also Hartnett), falls for an Indian warrior who has visions.
Romance and quantum physics are unlikely, but rewarding, bedfellows. They can also be very divisive, as proved by 2006’s The Fountain. The idea of love spanning time and universes is something that could be very sappy and overly sentimental, but it appears that Roland Joffe shows all of the charm and understanding that Darren Aronofsky was able to slide into his similarly themed tale. This is quite the relief given that Joffe »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Today is Vincent Price’s 104th Birthday! Price was born here in St. Louis on this date in 1911 and is the most iconic movie star to hail from our city. Price, who died October 25th 1993, was also a gourmand, author, stage actor, speaker, world-class art collector, raconteur, and all-around Renaissance man. Vincent Price was simply one of the most remarkable people of the 20th Century. Four years ago we had the opportunity to celebrate his 100th birthday and St. Louis was the place to do it. I teamed up with Cinema St. Louis to present Vincentennial, The Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration, an event that lasted through much of the Spring of 2011. The following year Vincentennial won two coveted Rondo Awards, one for “Best Fan Event” and a second for myself as “Monster Kid of the Year” for directing the event. The Rondo Awards are prestigious Fan Awards given out »
- Tom Stockman
While most horror fans have grown tired of countless Pov/Found Footage genre films, it’s always a refreshing and entertaining time to come across horror films that utilize the Pov approach in new and interesting ways. Directors Scott Beck & Bryan Woods have done just that, with their excitingly original and completely enthralling horror thriller Nightlight. Bypassing the “We have a camera, let’s document everryyyyyything” approach in favor of the film being completely from the point of view of a flashlight, the film about a group of friends playing one dark and ultimately deadly game, just feels like so much fun and is a Really solid entry.
Beck and & Woods spoke to Icons of Fright about the film, its inspiration, the challenges of making the film the way they did, and what’s in store for the filmmaking duo next, so Read On!!
Nightlight felt very original and refreshing, »
- Jerry Smith
Yesterday, Hugh Jackman dropped the bombshell that following his third solo outing as The Wolverine in 2017, he will be hanging up the mutton chops for good and moving on to pastures new. Speaking with the Dr. Oz show regarding the upcoming Wolverine solo movie, Jackman confirmed ‘This will be my last one’, explaining that, ‘It just felt like it was the right time to do it.’
While we at Thn of course appreciate that Jackman is an immensely talented actor (and reportedly an absolute sweetheart to boot) and wish him all the best with all of his future endeavours, we can’t help but shed a tear to think that we’ll no longer get to see the Huge Jacked Man be the best at what he does – even if what he does isn’t all that nice.
After an astonishing seven performances as Weapon X (eight if you include »
- Nick Martin
Sunday (May 3) night's "Last Man on Earth" finale brought Will Forte's Phil Miller full circle, which has been a long, 13-episode process. First he was the last person on Earth. Then Carol arrived and he was just the last man on Earth. Then Todd came and he wasn't even the last man on Earth. Then there were more people and soon he wasn't even the last Phil Miller on Earth. Over 13 episodes, Phil went from alone, to living what he thought was the dream, to realizing his dream was a nightmare and, by the finale, he was sent packing by the community that he brought together and he was, briefly, isolated again before Carol look pity on him. And, at the very end of the episode, Phil Miller was going off to a different location with the woman he thinks he loves for now, but we discovered that he »
- Daniel Fienberg
Here’s someone who put his Blu-ray collection to good use. Editor Joris Faucon Grimaud has put together a 7-minute tribute to some of the greatest and most underappreciated films from cinema’s vast 120-year history. Even though it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table as far as YouTube tribute videos are concerned, it is nevertheless an equally haunting and inspiring experience to see so much film history flow in front of our eyes in less than ten minutes. The first minute makes it look like we’re in for a strictly chronological experience, as Grimaud lines up the earliest examples of cinema in order of production. But then, as Clint Mansell’s “Death is The Road to Awe” from Darren Aranofsky’s “The Fountain” serenades us in the background, films from different periods begin to intertwine as we are gradually eased into short sections that focus »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Stars: Lily Laight, Charlie Rixon, Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Owen Pugh, Dylan Llewellyn, Georgina Minter-Brown, David Broughton-Davies, David Barnaby, Timothy Block, Ria Carroll | Written and Directed by Darren Paul Fisher
Thematically similar to the Divergent franchise – in that children are tested at a young age and their place in society is determined given the results – British sci-fi film Frequencies plays out like an extended episode of Tales of the Unexpected crossed with the philosophical science of a film such as Darren Aronofsky’s Pi and/or The Fountain….
In a dystopian future, children’s ability to succeed in life is determined at a young age, based on their own personal ‘frequency’ which dictates just how lucky they will be. In the process of testing one particular group, it transpires that Marie (Laight) has an impossibly high frequency, making her the luckiest girl in the world. At the same testing, Zak »
- Phil Wheat
The Collision has been re-launched as The Collider Podcast. It’s still the flavor of The Collision you know and love, but with the great taste of iTunes updating with the latest episode. On the debut episode of The Collider Podcast, Matt, Adam, and Allison discuss the first seasons of Better Call Saul and The Last Man on Earth, returning series Game of Thrones and Mad Men, and new Netflix series Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Bloodline. And like we did with The Collision, we’ll always finish up with our recommendations for more movies and TV shows you should check out. Click here to get the first episode of The Collider Podcast, click here for the final episode of The Collision ("Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman Leaving Wolverine, and Spectre"), and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you like the podcast, please leaves a positive review on iTunes. »
- Matt Goldberg
You wanna watch out for that Darren Aronofsky. He might just surprise you. After a good couple of decades making grim, magical realist dramas like Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, he was surrounded by rumours that he was due to direct either/or the second Wolverine film or that ill-fated Robocop remake. In the end he did neither: instead, he did a big-budget retelling of Noah And The Great Flood, in a way that displeased the faithful and was of no interest to his usual audience.
That seemed like something of a left-turn for the auteur director, but it was on the cards for a good while before. Because, not so far back in the mists of time, Aronofsky was approached with an even stranger proposition. Warner Bros were floundering in the wake of their critically and commercially disappointing Batman sequels, eventually canning Joel Schumacher’s plans for another total camp-fest. »
- Tom Baker
We've already got a number of reasons to be excited for "High-Rise." Of course, there's director Ben Wheatley. There's the awesome ensemble cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Evans, and Stacy Martin. And now we've got the score to get buzzed about. Film Music Reporter reveals that the great Clint Mansell will score the movie. The composer is probably best known for his work with longtime collaborator Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan" and "The Fountain" are particular highlights), but he has also lent to his talent to films as diverse as "Filth," "Faster," and "Last Night" (his work on the latter is particularly underrated). Needless to say, we're very excited to see what he brings to the J.G. Ballard adaptation about what happens when madness and violence envelop a luxury high-rise. No release date yet for the film, but fingers are crossed and we're »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Despite having only six feature films under his belt to date, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has firmly made his mark in the film world, garnering critical acclaim for, among other things, the cinematography of his work. One key aspect of his features involve tracking shots, where his camera follows the subject from behind, seeing what they see, while not getting a look at the focal performer’s face, only the back of their head. It is this aspect of Aronofsky’s cinematography that’s the focus of a new video essay by Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, who has edited together instances where Aronofsky has used these techniques in each of his film. This is what Swinney had to say about the video.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Debuting over the weekend was the new TV project from Will Forte. He's taken the lead in The Last Man On Earth, a show he's also created. The first episode screened on Fox in the Us over the weekend, with The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street's Chris Miller and Phil Lord directing it. The pair came up with the original idea, were looking at turning it into a movie, and took the plan to Forte. He then reworked it a little, and in turn took the project to television.
And it seems as though the success of The Last Man On Earth will have some bearing on another Will Forte project, MacGruber 2. Chatting to The Wrap, Forte admitted "it seems like we have a realistic shot at getting [MacGruber 2] made", adding that »
When last year brought “Noah,” a spiritual and special effects-laden Darren Aronofsky film with its own companion graphic novel (produced since Aronofsky wasn’t sure the film would ever come to fruition), fans of the director had a feeling of deja vu. Eight years earlier, he had made “The Fountain,” a similarly spiritual film running over with special effects and accompanied by a companion graphic novel. Although the film's 10th anniversary is next year, maybe it's not too early for another look at Aronofsky’s troubled third film, this time in a way you’ve never seen before. The folks over at The Film Stage (via Reddit) have found a new fan edit of the film by Paul Herrin. Based on Aronofsky’s graphic novel with Kent Williams, this recut version dumps the non-linear storytelling and puts all the elements in mostly chronological order. If you need a refresher, Aronofsky’s film tells three stories, »
- Cain Rodriguez
I haven't yet watched this "remix" of Darren Aronofsky's 2006 film The Fountain, but the idea of it has me intrigued, though I guess it has me just as intrigued as much as that chronological cut of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction from a few years back, which I also didn't watch. But that's what you're getting here folks, YouTuber Paul Herrin has edited Aronofsky's movie to tell the story spanning from the 1550s to 2500 linearly. I'm not sure what the purpose would be, but without watching I can only imagine the impact will be lessened considering the edits were meant to work hand-in-hand rather than in a linear fashion. amz asin="B000O7667K" size="small"Herrin offers his own reasoning writing: I hope this provides an additional perspective of the film to better understand the impact of non-linear narrative in post-literate visual storytelling experience. Thematic, structural, and spatio-temporal »
- Brad Brevet
Scott Foundas: Hi Peter. Well, we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, although the most hotly anticipated event in this cold, cold town is still another day away. I’m talking, of course, about the world premiere of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which isn’t the kind of movie one typically thinks of as festival fare, but which events like Berlin and Cannes need as a kind of palate cleanser from the steady parade of world-class arthouse cinema from countries like Iran, China and Chile. Those movies may get you lots of ink in Variety, but it’s only a “Fifty Shades” that can get your red carpet splattered all over the picture pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.
- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
It’s kind of hard to believe Darren Aronofsky only has six features to his name, especially since his first one, “Pi,” came out in 1998. Still, the director has proven a unique talent over his sparse career, one deemed worthy of an Oscar nomination in 2011 for his work on “Black Swan.” Among the many idiosyncrasies of an Aronofsky film, Vimeo editor WarmBakedBread argues that an emphasis on his characters’ eyes is a key feature. And he made a four-minute video titled “Pupil’ to prove his point. The short cuts together every single Aronofsky feature, including the aforementioned two, as well as “The Fountain,” “The Wrestler,” “Noah,” and “Requiem for a Dream.” (Side note – remember “The Wrestler”? Damn, that was some good filmmaking.) At first, watching the video, you might think, “yeah, actors have eyes; point made.” (And okay, is it just us, or does the rock monster from “Noah” looks »
- Zach Hollwedel
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