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In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »
- Derek Anderson
In just a few days, the first barrage of the fall film festival season will be done. Toronto has a couple of days left, but basically everything has screened for press already, and a fair chunk of the corps are returning home, or heading to Fantastic Fest for karaoke and tacos (short of a "There Will Be Blood"-style surprise, don't expect too many awards contenders out of there). That means that the awards season has fallen into focus, with a number of the season's major contenders already out there. Compared to some years gone by, it feels like a relatively thin year in terms of true awards heavyweights. In the last ten years, only twice had we not seen the eventual Best Picture winner at one of the fall festivals by now—"Million Dollar Baby" in 2004, and "The Departed" in 2006. But this year, no obvious front-runner has really emerged. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
THR has a few quotes from Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton on the 2014 summer box office's down year and whether an over-crowded superhero movie schedule was to blame. "What we need to do is, beyond superhero movies, be creating other forms of entertainment. That is tricky, because it involves more risk." said Lynton. Low revenue numbers aside, overall, does Lynton think the comic book movie genre has become over crowded? "Obviously, it's a concern. The superhero movies of today are the westerns" of the past. Not all are the same, so there should be room for enough superhero films though." Daredevil Netflix executive producer, Steven DeKnight sums up just how "adult" the series will be in terms of graphic content. Less than Spartacus, more than Shield. Rt @TimLydon0: What are you allowed to show on @Daredevil in terms of violence, swearing, etc? — Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) September 10, 2014 There will be blood. »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
In 2012, Owen Gleiberman wrote a piece for Entertainment Weekly explaining why he had fallen out of love with the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. In the article, Gleiberman shares his own thrill of discovering Boogie Nights at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival and the impact it had on him as a film critic; he then goes on to discuss his perceived problems with There Will Be Blood and why Anderson’s films no longer affect him the same way. I came across Gleiberman’s article recently during my struggle to detail my own relationship to Anderson’s films. Like Gleiberman, my first Anderson film was a revelation. As a manager for an independent theater in a small town, it was my job to assemble a 35mm print of Punch-Drunk Love during my Thursday shift and sit by myself through a midnight technical screening. I was tired after a long day and annoyed that I hadn’t been able »
- Matthew Monagle
Actor and writer Bill Hader has employed his love for the craft of filmmaking throughout his career. Frequent references to classic features and film tropes appear in his penned episodes of South Park and the actor even took a stab at portraying There Will Be Blood‘s Daniel Plainview on Saturday Night Live. The first insight into Hader’s love of cinema came with his trip to the […] »
- Zade Constantine
All eyes are on the fall festivals now as Venice and Telluride are set to gear up next week with Toronto shortly after. And just on the horizon: New York. The Film Society at Lincoln Center pretty much won the day this season by landing the big premieres of David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderon's "Inherent Vice," while the choice of "Birdman" for closing night — despite the fact that it will have already played Venice and likely Telluride prior — felt like a natural progression. Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones recently spilled a bit on the Fincher and the Anderson, two films hotly anticipated this season. First, "Gone Girl." He didn't have a lot to say but he did mention that the film is "this panoramic, phantasmagorical, acid trip of a movie that keeps shifting gears for an amazing cinematic ride." He said "Vice," too, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Adapted for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood) based on Thomas Pynchon's popular novel, Inherent Vice follows drug-fueled private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello who investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend's new boyfriend in 1970s Los Angeles. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, and newcomer Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice will have its world premiere at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, where it will be the festival's Centerpiece showing. It is scheduled to be released in limited theaters on December 12th, 2014, before expanding nationwide on January 9th, 2015. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice will play the New York Film Festival on October 4th and The Film Society at Lincoln Center has posted an interview with Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones where in he discusses Anderon's latest film and just above is a new picture of Joaquin Phoenix in the movie courtesy of The Film Stage. Discussing the lineup Jones comments on David Fincher's Gone Girl calling it a "panoramic, phantasmagorical, acid trip of a movie that keeps shifting gears for an amazing cinematic ride" and as for Inherent Vice he says it's a cinematic rid in a different way. "It's like being in a time machine," he said, "going back to the time of mutton chops and Neil Young." Those chops are clearly on display in the pic above, just as they were in the first pic from the film and Jones discussed »
- Brad Brevet
No matter how the final product turns out, one thing is for certain: Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Inherent Vice will be one for the ages. It is the first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel to come to the big screen, an accolade hardly diminished by the fact that Inherent Vice is the author’s most accessible and linear book to date. What’s more, the film is done by one of two contemporary directors best suited to produce a faithful and interesting version of Pynchon’s brilliantly meandering pastiche of detective fiction.
Inherent Vice features Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role of “Doc” Sportello, a pot-head private detective who investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend in the midst of 1971 Los Angeles. In the process of investigating her disappearance, Sportello runs into any number of underworld characters, including badass police officer Bigfoot Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), and a lawyer named Sauncho Smilax, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
One of the most classic teen shows of all time, "Saved By the Bell," is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The series premiered back in August of 1989 and if you were a child of the '90s with a TV, we're willing to be bet this program made some sort of an impact on you.
Sure, "Saved By the Bell" brought us plenty of laughs and outrageous (almost surreal) moments, but it was also filled with life lessons we'll remember forever. These more serious messages came in the form of what could be described as "very special episodes" -- the ones that serve a moral purpose so the youth of America is entertained and better off because of it. It's just that sometimes these episodes were also just as weird and wacky as the non-serious subject ones, but that's what made "Saved By the Bell" so ... very special.
- Alana Altmann
Paul Thomas Anderson’s name has become synonymous with “weighty character study” throughout his career, particularly in the late 2000s onward; There Will Be Blood saw him delve deep into the tumultuous life and times of rapacious oilman Daniel Plainview, while his 2012 follow-up The Master split its emphasis between impressionable lost soul Freddie Quell and magnetic cult leader Lancaster Dodd. Both films tower with gravity and purpose, taking on grand thematic scopes despite their otherwise intimate focal points. Neither is to be taken lightly.
So Anderson’s latest, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s psychedelic noir trip Inherent Vice, marks a significant change of pace for the filmmaker. Whereas his recent works bear more dramatic, serious countenances, Inherent Vice ...
- Andy Crump
Entertainment Weekly just unveiled the first photo from the upcoming "Inherent Vice" film, which is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) and star Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. Check out the photo below. Plot: In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. The new movie co-stars Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. It's set to hit select theaters on December 12th. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Let’s begin with the facts.
In Inherent Vice, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s psychedelic crime romp that’s one of prestige season’s most befuddling and eagerly awaited titles, Josh Brolin plays a hippie-hating Lapd detective named Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornson.
Newcomer Katherine Waterston—an accomplished New York stage actress and daughter of Law & Order’s Sam Waterston—portrays Shasta Fay, a surfer-girl femme fatale. And Joaquin Phoenix appears as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a shambolic gumshoe with a fondness for bong hits who’s investigating the disappearance of Shasta Fay’s wealthy boyfriend in ’70s Southern California.
If all that »
- Chris Lee
London’s Roundhouse has always prided itself on its eclectic programming, and this summer’s line-up is no exception. Planted amongst the more obvious musical acts is the kind of cross-over event which has grown in increasing popularity of late, and is something of a real treat for both cinephiles and serious music fans – the live score.
While that opportunity to witness a key aspect of a film outside of the constraints of the screen is largely welcoming, this type of experience can also run the risk of having one element cancelling the other out – the sound potentially undermining the visuals, or the visuals taking away from the actual live performance. Luckily that wasn’t the case here, and the film in question was undoubtedly the reason behind a glorious and harmonious balance being struck.
- Adam Lowes
The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.
Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.
And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »
- Brian Welk
Our favorite film festival in the world is nigh. Later next month, Austin, Texas will host hundreds of genre fans for Fantastic Fest 2014!! We have the full list which includes the Us Premiere of Tusk as well as the World Premieres of ABCs of Death 2 and Horsehead. These won’t be all the films that will play the 10th anniversary of the film festival but it would be enough if it was. Look forward to more announcement waves of programming and don’t forget to follow up with our predictions that we made last week. I have added trailers above the film titles, if available. If the trailer is not available, there will be a still above the title.
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- Andy Triefenbach
Everyone loves a good one-liner. Arnold Schwarzenegger in particular has practically built a career around that famous 'I'll be back' moment.
But plenty of others deserve some of the limelight for classic phrases. Below are some of our favourites, but can you guess the movie?
Some are harder than others, but we like it that way. Just click the phrase to reveal the answer!
1. "Shooot her... shooooot her."
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It's Jurassic Park!
2. "Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last, I lied."
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If you guessed Arnie in Commando, you guessed correct!
3. "Red light. Green light."
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4. "Get busy living, or get busy dying."
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It's the greatest film ever made (according to IMDb's top 250 chart) - The Shawshank Redemption.
5. "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
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In the lineage of movie sequels that outdid their predecessors, there’s The Godfather Part 2, Aliens, Terminator 2, The Dark Knight, and now…Sharknado 2: The Second One. Sharknado premiered on SyFy last July, and became an instant hit with audiences, aided by the fact that viewers were encouraged to Tweet about the movie as they watched it.
What was it that made the latest offering from The Asylum so eminently watchable? The gleefully silly, go-for-broke absurdity of it all, where nothing was outside the realm of possibilities, and the low $2 million budget didn’t stop them crafting some wild set-pieces, even if the effects were diabolical, the acting mostly terrible, and the central plot completely forgettable.
It was a charming movie, and the clear love with which it was made earned it a place in the hearts of cineastes the world over for its “so bad it’s good” quality, »
- Jack Pooley
We’re delighted to announce that Miramax and Park Circus will give two world premiere screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award-winning There Will Be Blood at Camden’s Roundhouse, alongside Jonny Greenwood’s score performed live by the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Brunt.
The shows are on the 6th and 7th August, with tickets are on sale now for what sounds like a tremendously unique event that’ll draw together an orchestra of over 50 musicians, including Jonny Greenwood himself, who will play the Ondes Martenot section. His work as a film composer includes Bodysong, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Norwegian Wood and The Master.
The London Contemporary Orchestra have been performing Greenwood’s orchestral works since 2008, and in 2012 recorded that unforgettable score for The Master. I’ve got full confidence for an amazing screening and not only because of the talent involved, but also having »
- Dan Bullock
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