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Nicolas Cage Has ‘A Score to Settle’ and It’ll Be Brutal

Nicolas Cage Has ‘A Score to Settle’ and It’ll Be Brutal
Highland Film Group announced today that Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider, Leaving Las Vegas, Wicker Man, National Treasure franchise) has signed on to play the lead in A Score to Settle from director Shawn Ku. The project is an action thriller that takes the audience on a psychological journey from imprisonment through redemption. A Score to Settle begins […]
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‘The Divine Order’ Review: Switzerland’s Oscar Submission Is a Feminist Crowdpleaser About Women Finding their Strength

‘The Divine Order’ Review: Switzerland’s Oscar Submission Is a Feminist Crowdpleaser About Women Finding their Strength
These days, it would be difficult to deny the appeal of living in an idyllic mountain town where time stands still — the kind of place that’s easily forgotten by the outside world, and where the outside world is easily forgotten in turn. And yet, all the rustic beauty in the world can’t stop Nora (Marie Leuenberger) from feeling like she’s been left behind.

A modest housewife in the postcard-perfect Swiss canton of Appenzell, her days are spent feeding her boorish husband (Max Simonischek), spoiling their two sons, and cleaning up after her old-fashioned father-in-law, who really needs to find a better hiding spot for his porn magazines. The year is 1971, and Nora can feel the fires of change burning all around her, hear the whispers about women’s liberation that are carried up the hills on the wind, but that’s the thing about living in such
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The Complete Works Ep. 47: Nicolas Cage – The Wicker Man (2006)

The Complete Works Ep. 47 The Complete Works is an in-depth, introspective, and, quite frankly, insane idea – FilmBook contributor Mike Smith and his co-host Mike DeCriscio are going to take a look at every film in the filmography of Nicolas Cage, one crazy screaming scene at a time. This week, Mike and [...]

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Mom And Dad Review [Fantastic Fest 2017]

Those who worship at the altar of Cage, I come speaking words of comfort. Our Lord and savior St. Nicolas not only nails his role as a psychotic, mind-controlled parent in Brian Taylor’s Mom And Dad, but it’s Cageified madness for the ages. Mental, looney-bin perfection. Every scene. The film itself is a loose midnight riff on child-killin’ genre licks – amusing and frantic – but Cage hasn’t freaked-out this memorably in years, maybe a decade. We’re talking good enough for viral YouTube compilation videos featuring *just* Nic Cage’s unraveling in Mom And Dad, with viral potential rivaling similar vids for Neil Labute’s The Wicker Man remake. Praise be to Cage, hallowed be thy craziness.

In Taylor’s story, an inexplicable force is driving mothers and fathers to kill their children. No explanation, no motivation. It’s like a switch is thrown that turns parents like
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‘The Ritual’ Teasers Carry ‘Wicker Man’ Vibe

‘The Ritual’ Teasers Carry ‘Wicker Man’ Vibe
David Bruckner‘s next, The Ritual, a cabin-in-the-woods horror film that was scheduled to open internationally (in UK and Irish cinemas) on Friday, October 13th, has a series of new television spots that both carry a heavy Wicker Man vibe. Acquired by Netflix for $5M out of Tiff, the film follows a group of old college friends who […]
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 60 – Late Ozu [Part 3]

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this final episode of a three-part series (and perhaps the podcast itself), David and Trevor are joined by Matt Gasteier to discuss two films (Late Autumn and The End of Summer) from Eclipse Series 3: Late Ozu.

About the films:

Master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu directed fifty-three feature films over the course of his long career. Yet it was in the final decade of his life, his “old master” phase, that he entered his artistic prime. Centered more than ever on the modern sensibilities of the younger generation, these delicate family dramas are marked by an exquisite formal elegance and emotional sensitivity about birth and death, love and marriage, and
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Face/Off at 20: revisiting the film

Paul Martinovic Jul 28, 2017

John Travolta and Nicolas Cage scored a big hit in John Woo's Face/Off. We take a look back...

One of the great pleasures of following genre cinema is the long, enduring onscreen conversation that’s taken place between movie directors from the East and the West, a creative push and pull which has resulted in some of the most boundary-pushing, inventive and important films ever made. When Akira Kurosawa wrote The Hidden Fortress, an airy homage to the John Ford Westerns he loved so much, he can’t have predicted its rollicking adventuring would be re-interpreted and sent into space by George Lucas to form the basis of the most successful film franchise in history in Star Wars: A New Hope. Similarly, when Ringo Lam took the tropes of 70’s Eurocrime and American gangster movies of the 30s and 40s, and upped the machismo and
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‘Beyond the Black Rainbow’ Director Returns with Nicolas Cage-Led ‘Mandy’

If you’ve ever wanted to see Nicolas Cage battle demon bikers (and let’s be honest, you have), then you’re in luck. Per Deadline, Cage will star in Mandy, from Beyond the Black Rainbow director Panos Cosmatos, to be released by SpectreVision, Xyz Films & Umedia. The brief official plot synopsis sounds like something akin to Death Wish meets The Wicker Man (both the original and the Nicolas Cage version with the bees) :

Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.

SpectreVision Head of Development Daniel Noah describes the film as a “surrealist, heavy-metal-soaked story of battle axes and demon bikers,” which sounds right up Cage’s alley. Cosmatos, whose last film was one of the best sci-fi features of the century thus far, has described his next
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 57 – Postwar Kurosawa [Part 2]

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this first episode of a two-part series, David and Trevor discuss two films (The Idiot and I Live in Fear) from Eclipse Series 7: Postwar Kurosawa.

About the films:

Akira Kurosawa came into his own as a filmmaker directly following World War II, delving into the state of his devastated nation with a series of pensive, topical dramas. Amid Japan’s economic collapse and U.S. occupation, Kurosawa managed to find humor and redemption existing alongside despair and anxiety. In these five early films, which range from political epic to Capraesque whimsy to courtroom potboiler, Kurosawa revealed the artistic range and social acuity that would mark
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Everything That Excites Us About Ben Wheatley’s ‘Freakshift’

First thing: it sounds awesome.

This weekend, Ben Wheatley will unleash his blood-spattered gunfight film Free Fire into movie theaters around the world. And while I may not be the movie’s biggest fan — I’ll discuss it in-depth on Monday’s episode of After the Credits, but suffice to say it’s five pounds of movie in a ten pound bag — I find myself aggressively rooting for it to succeed based entirely on the premise of Wheatley’s next movie. You see, Wheatley is about to make a movie about soldiers fighting mutant crabs in sewers, and that’s a movie the world desperately needs to see. #MakeAmericaFightGiantCrabsAgain, if you prefer. I know the kids are all about a catchy hashtag.

And in celebration of Free Fire’s release, I thought today might be a good time to run down everything we’ve heard about Wheatley’s upcoming movie. Let
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The Tao of Nicolas Cage: The Cage Cage

Step inside a wonderful cage where all your wildest fantasies become reality.All the Cage.

Earlier this week the esteemed and never grumpy Christopher Campbell brought to my attention a brand-new Vr simulation called ‘The Cage Cage.’ At Cage my interest was piqued, but at double the Cage my full attention turned towards this new creation.

My first step was to visit and so that’s what I did. Upon my arrival I was greeted with a wonderful picture of Nicolas Cage and the following note: “This is a Vr simulation of what it’s like to be trapped in a cage and forced to watch Nic Cage movies.”

This is exactly as it sounds. ‘The Cage Cage’ places you in the center of a cage and you’re surrounded by a wall of Nicolas Cage clips.

As I tried to take this all in I was overwhelmed with a wave of emotions. Watching
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Taboo finale recap – thank you for the mayhem, Tom Hardy

With executions, explosions and an epic battle, it was a typically brutal (and surprisingly tidy) end to the gothic drama. Now that’s how to say goodbye!

Eight episodes of mud and mayhem came to a satisfying end with enough double-crosses, executions and explosions to keep even the most bloodthirsty river rat happy. Along the way, the show’s main theme was revealed: forget its supernatural side and the hints that James was literally back from the dead, this was ultimately about freedom – the freedom to chart your own course through life, unencumbered by forced loyalty or false patriotism. It was fear of freedom that saw poor, loyal Brace ejected from the League of the Damned, and freedom Zilpha sought in her plunge into the icy Thames. Dumbarton died because he chose to serve his masters instead of himself, as did Wilton and Pettifer, expendable to the end. And if
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Coming Distractions: James Franco plays a creepy doctor in The Institute trailer

James Franco continues in that “bad hair/facial hair” vein with The Institute, a psychological thriller in which he plays a doctor who seems to have forgotten the Hippocratic oath. As Dr. Cairn, he tries to “cure” the patients of the Rosewood Institute with torture and various other Franco methods, like popping up at their bedside, or calling his work “art.” The grief-stricken young woman at the center of the story, Isabel, comes to regret her decision to check into the institute for help. But it looks like the staff will have some regrets of their own, as things devolve into a Wicker Man homage. Which makes sense, since Franco co-directed the thing. He also stomps around in wire spectacles and a mustache that’s just hanging off his face—you know, like a real doctor.

Franco is joined in the cast by his In Dubious Battle co-star Allie Gallerani
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Rings review

The cursed videotape returns in the belated horror sequel, Rings. Here's our review of a bewitchingly terrible film...

Jean-Luc Godard once said something to the effect that a story needs a beginning, middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. Rings doesn't really have much of a story, but it does have three beginnings, so it must be really, really good. Right?

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It's nearly 20 years since Sadako first started menacing screens of varying sizes in the original Ring, Hideo Nakata's collision of traditional Japanese ghost tale and modern urban culture. It was a film that kicked off a western interest in all things J-horror, spawned a series of Japanese prequels and sequels, and an inevitable American remake, directed by Gore Verbinski in 2002. The Ring then got a sequel in 2005, and now we have Rings - an attempt to rethink
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‘American Gigolo’ TV Series Coming to Showtime From Neil Labute & Jerry Bruckheimer

‘American Gigolo’ TV Series Coming to Showtime From Neil Labute & Jerry Bruckheimer
If you’re going to hire somebody to write an American Gigolo TV series, Neil Labute isn’t a bad writer for the job. Showtime and Paramount TV have hired playwright, screenwriter, and director behind In the Company of Men, The Shape of Things, and The Wicker Man remake to adapt Paul Schrader‘s ’80s classic, American Gigolo, for television. The original film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, is behind the […]

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DVD & Blu-rays: R.I.P Herschell Gordon Lewis, Howling 2: Your Sister Is A Werewolf

Nick Aldwinckle Nov 24, 2016

The Bottom Shelf returns, with a video nasty, The Howling 2, and a tribute to the late Herschell Gordon Lewis...

To most, September 26th is the date when, in 1680, the Dutch city Gorinchem suffered a citizen’s revolt due to an imposed tax on cereal. From now on, though, that will change, as any right-thinking person will remember that date in 2016 as the day The Godfather Of Gore, the great Herschell Gordon Lewis, died.

The brain behind a range of vintage cult classics, spanning the gamut of exploitation cinema, from splatter movies to comedy erotica and supernatural witchcraft thriller (niche!), Lewis’ influential sixties and seventies productions paved the way for the video nasties of the eighties and the gory likes of David Cronenberg and Peter Jackson and stand up today as camp, gawdy historical documents of a bygone era. As such, to coincide with an impeccably timed release
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Alex Essoe talks eating bugs & nightmare neighbours

Alex Essoe interview for The Neighbour.

Alex Essoe is one of our favourite acting folks around at the moment. Her turn in Starry Eyes as an actress desperate to succeed is hypnotic and haunting. Since then she’s carved up a strong career on the independent film circuit, and it surely won’t be long until she breaks into the big leagues. Her latest venture, The Neighbour, sees her character Rosie kidnapped by her neighbour.

Rosie and her boyfriend John (Josh Stewart) are down on their luck and are making ends meet by working with John’s criminal uncle. Whilst John is out on what will hopefully be their last job, Rosie witnesses their creepy neighbour Troy (Bill Engvall) do something terrible, and finds herself as the next target. When John returns home he suspects Troy might be to blame for her disappearance and sets out on a rescue mission.
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Newswire: It’s Horrors Week at The A.V. Club

Samhain approaches and the veil between worlds grows thin, which means that it’s time for another week of horrors from your pals here at The A.V. Club. (We wanted to do a Wicker Man-style pagan sacrifice, but corporate said no.) We’re kicking things off today with a guide to Halloween entertainment that won’t give your kids nightmares for weeks, along with a reading list of six suspenseful mysteries written by women as recommended by thriller author Karin Slaughter. Her bloodthirsty ancestors must be proud.

As for the rest of the week, yours truly will be holding forth on the resurgent witchcraft trend in pop culture, our film editor A.A. Dowd will be running you through the Paranormal Activity series, and Gwen Ihnat will examine the ubiquity of monsters in kids’ media. We’ve also got writers reminiscing on The Halloween Tree, diving deep into
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The Nine Greatest Horror Film Stars of All Time

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Halloween is almost here. This is the time of year for putting your favorite horror films in the DVD player. When you think of horror movies over the decades, there are certain actors whose names are indelibly linked to the horror genre. In honor of Halloween 2016, Cinelinx looks at the nine greatest horror films stars of all time.

9) Robert Englund: He made a name for himself as the burnt-faced dream demon Freddy Kruger. His body of horror work includes...A Nightmare On Elm Street, Anoes 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Anoes 3: Dream Warriors, Anoes 4: The Dream Master, Anoes 5: The Dream Child, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Freddy Vs. Jason, The Phantom of the Opera, Nightmare Café, Night Terrors, Mortal Fear, The Mangler, Urban Legend, Sanitarium, The Funhouse Massacre, etc.

8) Jamie Lee Curtis: The woman who created the trend of females
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TV Review: American Horror Story, Season 6, Episodes 1 & 2

I started watching American Horror Story back in 2011 because I wanted to see how Dylan McDermott had aged since The Practice and because it was a horror TV show on a premium cable channel that wasn’t about zombies or vampires. I’d quit The Walking Dead right at “Cherokee Rose” for the same reasons that a lot of TV critics love about that episode (though it was really Darabont’s absence that did it) and since I’d seen commercials for American Horror Story during Archer, I’d figured I’d give it a shot.

I did not regret it. I loved everything about the show, though in particular I loved the gay couple Chad and Patrick (played by Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears) and what with Quinto having just come out, it was a thrill to see a gay man playing a gay character in a horror TV show!
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