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Alice Lowe's darkly funny directorial debut, Prevenge, has been traveling the festival circuit this year to great acclaim. ScreenAnarchy's Thomas Humphrey called it "undeniably glorious" and a "fresh take on the [slasher] genre" in his review out of Venice. The first clip has recently been released as part of the film's bow at the Stockholm Film Festival and it gives us a great taste of the twisted tale, of as well as an [actually] pregnant Lowe having one of many schizophrenic conversations with her unborn child. While you may not be familiar with Alice Lowe as a name, necessarily, you're sure to know her work in high profile UK films like Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz and Ben Wheatley's Sightseers. Prevenge stars Alice Lowe, Kate Dickie,...
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Is Edgar Wright more at home in the world of video essays than any other working filmmakers? That’s the argument mounted by YouTube user the Nerdwriter, whose new “Scott Pilgrim: Make Your Transitions Count” breaks down the wipes, whip pans and match cuts of Wright’s 2010 coming-of-age film. Watch the six-minute video below.
Read More: Edgar Wright Live Tweets ‘Scott Pilgrim’ for Fans, Exposing Behind-the-Scenes Secrets
Nerdwriter sings Wright’s praises throughout, drawing attention to the way the “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End” director’s video game–inflected cult favorite maintains a near-constant sense of momentum. Though much of the conversation is technical, Nerdwriter doesn’t shy away from describing it in decidedly un-clinical terms: “This delicate balance is achieved through transitions that are often lyrical, like of a kind of visual poetry in the most unlikely place,” he says.
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- Michael Nordine
A great deal has been written about what an innovative visual stylist Edgar Wright is, particularly when compared to the relatively static, point-and-shoot nature of so many post-Apatow feature film comedies. In films like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End,” Wright deftly employs the very specific visual language of whatever genre best fits the given story —be it zombie horror, the buddy-cop movie, or Carpenter-esque sci-fi— to spin sharp, smart and affectionate comedies about subjects as varied as codependence, friendship and the dark underbelly of British politesse.
- Nicholas Laskin
Mark Harrison Oct 11, 2016
We salute the film work of one of Britain's very best, and most versatile, film actors: Mr Eddie Marsan...
Eddie Marsan isn't just one of the best British actors working today – he's also one of the busiest, appearing in all kinds of supporting roles in major movies, while also appearing on TV a lot, on both sides of the Atlantic. He was fantastic as the latter lead in BBC One's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell last year and he's also a regular on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Ray's brother Terry, an ex-boxer suffering from Parkinson's disease.
On the big screen though, it's Marsan's versatility that really makes him so watchable. He's had attention grabbing turns in minor roles in blockbusters like Hancock, Mission: Impossible III and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, but he's also at home amongst a big ensemble in more serious fare like Spielberg »
One of the most difficult things about the horror genre these days can be finding a new way to explore various sub-genres; we’ve seen hundreds of zombie movies come and go since The Walking Dead first became a TV juggernaut several years ago, as well as countless vampire films and television series since the Twilight movies became as popular as they did for years, but many fail to try and do anything different. And what I’m always looking for as a fan are stories that can bring something new to the table, something I haven’t seen mimicked to death countless times, and that’s precisely a huge reason why I loved The Girl with All the Gifts as much as I did.
- Heather Wixson
“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
Continuing creative collaborations that began over a decade ago, premier specialty label Focus Features is reteaming with both Working Title Films, one of the world’s leading film production companies, and director Joe Wright on Darkest Hour. Focus will hold worldwide rights to the film as part of the company’s renewed global initiative; Focus will release Darkest HOURdomestically on November 24th, 2017 in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film around the world, beginning with the U.K. on December 29th, 2017.
Production on Darkest Hour begins this fall.
- Michelle McCue
Donald Trump took a short – yet still incredibly dramatic – trip down to Mexico today, the specificities of which he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spent the rest of the afternoon arguing about. He followed it up tonight with a much touted and controversial speech on immigration in Arizona, and so it is that in a perfectly timed bit of comedy, Starz dropped a hilarious new teaser for the second season of Ash vs. Evil Dead right before Donald’s Arizona speech… »
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” remains beloved by its cult fanbase six years after its initial release, making it little surprise that a great many of them took to Twitter to live-tweet the film when it aired on Channel 4 in the UK on Friday night. More unexpected — though perhaps not by much, given his relationship with his fans — is that co-writer/director Edgar Wright joined in as well.
“‘Scott Pilgrim’ is on @Channel4 right now,” he tweeted. “If you All switch on, they might show it as much as @itv2 shows ‘Hot Fuzz’. Do it!” This quickly turned into an impromptu question-and-answer session between filmmaker and audience, with Wright offering thoughts on his actors (Mae Whitman was “a total badass”; Brie Larson’s Oscar win for “Room” was “a retroactive nod” for her role in »
- Michael Nordine
There are a couple of ways to look at a movie like Sausage Party. On the surface, it is a movie about talking food with a bunch of potentially offensive, very on the nose metaphors, and a whole lot of cursing. Seriously, there is so much. But if you allow yourself to peel back the layers, this may very well, very seriously be a contender for the best animated movie of the year. In short, either way you look at it, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have done it again.
Sausage Party, quite simply, tells the story of what happens to food from the perspective of the food. Much in the way that Pixar explored the life of toys with Toy Story, this movie takes a look at the good, the bad, and the downright messed up aspects of a day in the life of food. And also, an actual douche. »
Edgar Wright is a multifaceted director, writer and producer known for his films “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” among others. If you’ve ever wondered what movies he watches and what are his favorites, now you’re in luck!
Wright created a list of his 1,000 favorite films. Yes, one-thousand movies! The list, compiled by Mubi, is composed chronologically starting with Robert Wiene’s 1920 film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” It’s unknown how long it took the filmmaker to create this catalog of classics, but it’s pretty interesting to see what’s on it.
The list has a variety of titles that would be a great place to start if you’re a film fanatic and want to do some research on classic cinema. It contains features from Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen and many other great helmers. The list ends with »
- Liz Calvario
Directed by Peter Atencio.
Two nerdy cousins pose as notorious gangsters to infiltrate the criminal underworld in order to retrieve a stolen kitten.
The main trio behind this film – the two leads Jordan Peele and Kegan-Michael Key, and its director Peter Atencio – mark their first big-screen collaborative effort here, a significant departure from their previous sketch-off TV outing of Key & Peele, to produce an action comedy that hinges on a silly premise. Keanu may retain the teams chemistry, but their small—screen past cannot mask some of their shortcomings.
In an explosive opening sequence, one that calls back to 90s John Woo action films, the audience witness the efficiency of two long-haired assassins known as the Allentown Boys, who decimate a Mexican drug operation. The Allentown Boys appear to »
- Matthew Lee
Although famous comedians over the Atlantic, Key and Peele aren’t particularly well-known in England. This is set to change with the release of Keanu, a film which sees them desperately try to steal their precious kitty Keanu from a local gang of drug dealers.
Cousins Rell (Peele) and Clarence (Key) are at different crossroads in their lives; Clarence is a hard-working family man whose wife and daughter don’t respect him as well as they should, and Rell’s girlfriend has just left him. It’s at this point that we are introduced to a little, lost tabby tom cat, with whom Rell falls instantly in love. The kitten’s subsequent disappearance acts as a catalyst for both men to take a look at their lives and try to change them for the better. »
- Kat Hughes
Some very upsetting news is coming out of the UK this morning, revealing that Robin Hardy, best known as the director of 1973's The Wicker Man, has passed away. This was originally reported by BBC, who received word from a friend of the family that Hardy had died on Friday.
Robin Hardy released a spiritual successor to The Wicker Man back in 2011 and he had been in development on a third "Wicker" film that he teased would focus on "the gods getting their comeuppance." The Wicker Man, which Christopher Lee previously said is one of his favorite movies he performed in, is a personal favorite of mine and its importance in horror history and influence on the genre cannot be understated. Just to name a few, it's easy to see the film's influence on Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz, Ben Wheatley's Kill List, True Detective, and Radiohead's recent Burn The Witch video. »
- Jonathan James
Point Break or Bad Boys II? L.A. Confidential or Se7en? Everybody has a favourite buddy cop movie, and everybody -- even Elvis Presley! -- has wanted a badge, if only to recreate their favourite scenes from Rush Hour.
To celebrate the buddy cop genre and the new film Central Intelligence, we put together a supercut of all your favourite buddy cop movies, where Starsky & Hutch, the Beverly Hills Cop, and the guys from Hot Fuzz chase cars, crack wise, and get the bad guys. Check it out below, and don't forget to see Kevin Hart team up with his old high school classmate, Dwayne Johnson, in Central Intelligence out at Cineplex theatres on June 17th.
- Sasha James
While many comedic filmmakers are simply content to roll the camera and let the actors riff until the director yells “cut!,” Edgar Wright is renowned, via films like “Hot Fuzz” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” for a sharp understanding of camera movement and audio/visual editing. What you might not know is that Wright also uses cinematic technique to […]
The post Video Essays Highlights The Comedic Framing & Foreshadowing In Edgar Wright’s ‘The World’s End’ appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Ryan Oliver
The Talented Mr Ripley
28 Days Later
Cabin in the Woods
30 Days of Night
Kill Bill: Volume One
Deep Blue Sea
8 and above.
Red looks good on you
0 and above.
That was a bit bloody tough for you
4 and above.
Bleedin' hard huh?
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- Benjamin Lee
Last night we found out that British stage and screen legend Richard E. Grant had joined the cast of James Mangold’s follow up to The Wolverine as a “villainous mad scientist type.” Now, Deadline is reporting that none other than Stephen Merchant will be joining him – though this time we know even less about his character.
In fact, we know literally nothing. The trade doesn’t even mention if it’ll be a main or supporting role, but there’s already some speculation that he might be mutant shape-shifter, Morph. Yeah, we know….that’s not very likely.
The Wolverine 3 (as it’s being referred to pending an official title »
- Mark Cassidy
They seem to be lining up a bunch of lanky Brits for Logan to hack through in The Wolverine 3. Last night we found out that Richard E. Grant would play a "villainous mad scientist type" in James Mangold's movie, and now Deadline reports that Stephen Merchant (Hall Pass, Hot Fuzz, I Give It A year) will join him - though we know even less about the character he'll be playing. And by less, we mean fuck all. There are no details provided whatsoever, and because we can't nail down any specific comic arcs they're drawing from, speculating about who it could be is difficult, too. Also starring are Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook and, of course, Hugh Jackman. The Wolverine 3 is to hit theaters on May 3, 2017. »
Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.
The top 25 laugh-getters…
#25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.
#24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Is the movie comedy that pushes two hours and change really a modern problem? And why are so many comedies so long?
Shakespeare wrote "Brevity is the soul of wit", which partly explains why there's only one good joke in Hamlet. John Michael McDonagh (Calvary, The Guard) said in an interview with this site “if it takes you two hours to tell a story you have failed as a filmmaker. 105 minutes tops is all you need if you're talented.”
The recent Tina Fey/Amy Poehler film Sisters is two hours long. While I enjoyed it, and laughed a lot, it starts to drag slightly in the middle of the party sequence, and feels like it might have benefited from a more brutal editing, killing some darlings and indulgence. It is a film with more to it than creating laughter, but not to the extent that it doesn't »
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