11 items from 2015
Legendary Pictures and Crackle have released the first trailer for the upcoming movie Dead Rising: Watchtower, which is based upon the hit zombie video game series. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.
Dead Rising: Watchtower hits Crackle on March 27th, with a cast that includes Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops) as Frank West alongside Harley Morenstein (Tusk), Keegan Connor Tracey (Once Upon a Time), Aleks Paunovic (This Means War), Dennis Haysbert (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Meghan Ory »
- Gary Collinson
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
new Us/Can Jan 20 streaming only Dear White People Dracula Untold 23 Blast Appropriate Behavior Little Accidents dvd/streaming Coherence The Drop The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz The Zero Theorem Annabelle The Boxtrolls Lucy The Great Chicken Wing Hunt The Green Prince Rudderless White Bird in a Blizzard new UK Jan 19 streaming only If I Stay Maps to the Stars The Equalizer Life After Beth What We Did on Our Holiday Words & Pictures dvd/streaming Boyhood A Most Wanted Man Obvious Child The Riot Club A Walk Among the Tombstones The Giver Very Good Girls Stations of the Cross
- MaryAnn Johanson
With so many superhero movies on the horizon, there’s a growing concern in some quarters that the current comic book movie boom is leading to the death of cinema, but one person who definitely isn’t concerned is Paul Thomas Anderson, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the likes of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.
“Ah, that’s such a fucking crock of shit,” Anderson told Rolling Stone when asked for his thoughts on complaints about contemporary American filmmaking being nothing but superhero movies. “I can’t remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies. And what’s wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don’t know. You’re talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they’re having that discussion [laughs]. Those movies get a bad rap.”
- Gary Collinson
With just a few months before Marvel’s first Netflix show Daredevil is ready to stream it’s no surprise that promotion for the show has begun. We got a poster last week [see here], and now the official Daredevil Twitter page has now unveiled an image teasing Nelson and Murdock’s law firm.
No word yet on when we will see a trailer for the show but going by other Netflix shows we will likely get one around a month before the release.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) as Hachiro, Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For »
- Thomas Roach
(Crime and grime get a nice package...) It's hard to think of titles which would fit the idea of disc pimping more than Sin City and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Frank Miller's fun and exaggerated graphic novel take on Film Noir made waves back in the nineties when it was first released, and Robert Rodriguez' two film versions have accurately captured the corrupt atmosphere in them, with its copious amounts of monochrome sex and violence. Well, and its darkness, rain, smoke, booze, players, bent cops, strippers, pimps, hookers, killers, killed hookers, hooker killers and killer hookers. Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd. (phew, mouthful...) has now released a tremendously pimped Blu-ray boxset containing both films, at a very fair price. Sin...
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When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, Lapd Detectives, »
- Gary Collinson
Not content with dropping the first trailer for Ant-Man [watch it here], Marvel has now announced that its upcoming Netflix series Daredevil is set to land on Netflix on April 10th – and accompanying the news is a brand new poster, motion poster and image for the 13-part series!
Marvel’s Daredevil is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, »
- Gary Collinson
Following on from the character posters for Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon [see here] and Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson [see here], we’ve now got two more Inherent Vice one-sheets, this time focussing on Martin Short and Hong Chau…
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, »
- Gary Collinson
Most film genres at the 2014 domestic box office saw big declines, so before you stop writing that comedy or drama screenplay, know that this trend is largely a result of the annual B.O. of $10.35 billion taking a 5.2% hit as reported per Rentrak Theatrical. That said, there were some interesting spikes in a swampy year, particularly in the action realm as well as sci-fi, Ya novel adaptations and comic book titles.
Just because a genre drops at the B.O., though, it is not necessarily cause for alarm. One talent agency B.O. bean-counter says, “We typically look at one specific film as a representative of what’s working in the market place for a genre, such as 2013’s The Conjuring (137.4M) or this year’s Annabelle ($84.3M) as elevated horror films.”
While some have observed that there was a problem with sword-and-sandal films at the B.O. this year »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Well, almost as successful as the last one, this eighth addition finished with two films completely unguessed and one film that was eventually figured out, but only after I gave a hint on Twitter. To be honest, I'm a little surprised no one figured out numbers 12 and 14, though I wasn't the least bit surprised it took a hint for anyone to guess number four, that was a tough one even I debated including, but thought it would be fun to see if anyone could figure it out. Number one clearly kept some people guessing as it appears if you put a spider in any screen capture Enemy will be everyone's first guess... says something about the effective nature of that film ehc That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or »
- Brad Brevet
There were some outstanding films released in 2014, and many of them lived up to or surpassed expectations. But there were also a handful of movies that had an incredible amount of hype around them that failed to leave a lasting impression. In no particular order, here are my five biggest movie disappointments of the last year.
I never watched Veronica Mars when it was originally on the air, but I caught up with the series on DVD and loved it (yes, even the third season). After creator Rob Thomas' Kickstarter campaign became a huge success, I was excited to see the character's adventures continue. But the final product simply didn't have the same spark that the TV series had. The always-charming Kristen Bell can still embody the role of Veronica, and it seems like everyone involved with the project had good intentions, but the end result just »
- Ben Pearson
11 items from 2015
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