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15 items from 2014


‘The Duff’ Trailer and The Breakdown of the Cinematic Parody Cycle

19 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

You’d be forgiven if you watched the first trailer for Ari Sandel‘s The Duff and believed that you were watching a trailer for a new parody feature, in the vein of Not Another Teen Movie or Epic Movie. After all, this first trailer hits all the beats of parody, filled with the kind of worn-out tropes and flaccid observations about teen life that would not be out of place with a poorly received nineties teen comedy or a tongue-in-cheek send-up from the aughts. The problem, of course, is that The Duff is a straightforward feature. In short terms, it’s all real. As our friends over at UpRoxx note, “someone has made an unsatirical Not Another Teen Movie,” one that even uses the old “this girl who wears overalls is unattractive and we know that because she wears overalls” trick. And it’s certainly an old trick. It’s just too bad it hasn’t »

- Kate Erbland

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Wer Now Howling on VOD

19 August 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The new flick from the makers of the much reviled film The Devil Inside, entitled Wer, is coming home on DVD via Universal on September 23rd; but you can now head on over to your preferred VOD provider and find it waiting for you.

A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside), Vik Sahay ("Chuck"), and Brian J. O’Connor (Epic Movie) round out the main cast of the werewolf flick directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside).

Steven Schneider, producer of The Devil Inside, The Tall Man and the Paranormal Activity films, produced with Matthew Peterman (who wrote the screenplay) and Morris Paulson through their production company Prototype. Robert Hall and his Almost Human Inc. tackled the makeup and visual effects for Wer.

Synopsis

Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. »

- Steve Barton

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New Wer Trailer in the News

23 July 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We told you earlier the new flick from the makers of the much reviled film The Devil Inside, entitled Wer, is coming home on DVD via Universal on September 23rd, and right now we have the artwork and a new trailer for you to start barking at!

A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside), Vik Sahay ("Chuck"), and Brian J. O’Connor (Epic Movie) round out the main cast of the werewolf flick directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside).

Steven Schneider, producer of The Devil Inside, The Tall Man and the Paranormal Activity films, produced with Matthew Peterman (who wrote the screenplay) and Morris Paulson through their production company Prototype. Robert Hall and his Almost Human Inc. tackled the makeup and visual effects for Wer.

Synopsis

Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene »

- Steve Barton

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Wer Dumped on DVD

10 July 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The new flick from the makers of the much reviled film The Devil Inside, entitled Wer, is coming home to DVD via Universal on September 23rd with an early digital release date to be announced soon. Maybe the devil made 'em do it?

A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside), Vik Sahay ("Chuck"), and Brian J. O’Connor (Epic Movie) round out the main cast of the werewolf flick directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside).

Steven Schneider, producer of The Devil Inside, The Tall Man and the Paranormal Activity films, produced with Matthew Peterman (who wrote the screenplay) and Morris Paulson through their production company Prototype. Robert Hall and his Almost Human Inc. tackled the makeup and visual effects for Wer.

Synopsis

Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. »

- Steve Barton

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10 Most Epic Movie Battles Of All-Time

7 July 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Whether it be fought with swords and shields, tanks and machine guns or laser cannons and space ships, the medium of film has given us some truly epic battles across the years. Sometimes we cinephiles don’t need the witty dialogue and word-play of directors like Alexander Payne or Robert Linklater – instead we want to see explosions, gore and awesome displays of combative skill. Oftentimes these set-pieces see the heroes overcoming the odds either by defending a position against a seemingly irresistible force or launching a kamikaze-style assault almost certain to end in a gruesome death. The audience is left to suffer as we see the tense violence play out on screen.

These budget-consuming sequences act as visceral, visually captivating moments in the movie which keep you talking about it long after the final credits roll. Epic battle scenes are generally used either to end the film »

- Sam Heard

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The Essentials: John Landis – King of Comedy

18 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Few movie genres date with as much fluctuating unpredictably as comedy. What is hilarious to one person is humourless to the next. What is daring and boundary-breaking to one will just be in poor taste to the other. Some comedies are so reliant on contemporary social mores that the laughs are whittled away over time. Does anyone really still think that Will Hay’s comedies are hilarious, or Abbott & Costello’s, say?

The maturation process whereby movies pass through opprobrium, obscurity, rediscovery and reassessment is especially tortuous for comedies. A joke has to be pretty strong to withstand thirty or forty years of scrutiny, and the film must withstand repeated viewings and still retain the ability to amuse. I can’t imagine anyone, not even the people who made it, will remember Epic Movie or Meet The Spartans in 2044.

It’s one of the great touchstones of maturity when you »

- Cai Ross

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Movie Review – The Hooligan Factory (2014)

12 June 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hooligan Factory, 2014

Directed by Nick Nevern

Starring Jason Maza, Nick Nevern, Tom Burke, Ray Fearon, Steven O’Donnell, Morgan Watkins, Josef Altin, Ronnie Fox, Leo Gregory, Keith-Lee Castle and Lorraine Stanley

Synopsis:

Dex, Danny and The Hooligan Factory travel the length of the country on a mission to re-establish their firm’s glory days. However, the police are closing in and we get a sense that the Hooligan Factory’s best days may be behind them, but with Danny on their side, and Dex finding his old form who knows where this may lead. After all… Its a funny old game.

Any screenwriting lecturer will tell you that if you want to break into the UK film market, pen yourself a script about football hooliganism. The reason for this is because there is a huge demand for it, they’re cheap to make and, like zombie movies, they can »

- Luke Owen

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Movie Review – A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

29 May 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Million Ways to Die in the West, 2014.

Directed by Seth MacFarlane.

Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sara Silverman, Wes Studi and Liam Neeson.

Synopsis:

As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

When Ted struck a nerve back in 2012, many were heralding the start of a new, all-conquering career for creator Seth MacFarlane. Fresh from the continued success of Family Guy, his debut into the live-action stakes brought acclaim and buckets of box-office cash. Given a free reign to choose where he went next, he decided to follow a dream to revisit the old west in A Million Ways to Die in the West. Sadly, and heartbreakingly, it’s as misfiring as it’s central character.

A Million Ways… »

- Scott Davis

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A Million Ways To Die In The West review

28 May 2014 11:19 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Family Guy and Ted comedy overlord Seth MacFarlane takes on the western in A Million Ways To Die In The West. Here's Luke's review...

So, A Million Ways To Die In The West. Not as funny as Ted, but with more funny bits than just the trailer. Chances are that's not going to make the film's poster quotes. I'll leave that to Bella magazine. Although a film having a major press screening two days before its cinema release might just be on the lookout for anything it can get its hands on. Maybe I shouldn't write myself off too soon.

Likewise, anyone looking to write off A Million Ways To Die In The West shouldn't rush into judgement. It's crude, a little too long, and suffers simply by being a comedy western in a world graced by Blazing Saddles and City Slickers.

Like City Slickers, MacFarlane's second feature as director »

- ryanlambie

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"Epic Movie" Duo Plan "Taken" Spoof

15 May 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo behind critically reviled spoofs like "Date Movie," "Epic Movie," "The Starving Games," "Meet The Spartans" and "Vampires Suck," have setup their next project.

The pair will co-write and direct "Who The F#@k Took My Daughter," this spoof aiming mostly at the Liam Neeson-led "Taken" film series.

In the spoof, Ryan Miller is a tough, no nonsense, black leather jacket-wearing type whose daughter is kidnapped. He sets out to hunt down the abductors and rescue her. Peter Safran will produce.

The pair's previous films have grossed a total of $350 million in worldwide box office thus far, though their two most recent films - "The Starving Games" and "Best Night Ever" - were bombs which only made a few million each.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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"Best Night Ever" Stays In And Watches Netflix

5 May 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Best Night Ever is essentially a female-oriented version of The Hangover, written and directed by the men--yes, surprisingly, men--behind Epic Movie, Date Movie and Meet the Spartans, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. If you like the kind of crass, derivative humor that Friedberg and Seltzer have made their fortunes recycling, you might enjoy this movie chronicling the misadventures of sweet bride-to-be Claire, her uptight older sister Leslie, her loyal loose cannon of a best friend Zoe, and loopy new pal Janet as they embark on a bachelorette party trip to Las Vegas. After a credit card mishap means that they’re unable to pay for the expensive, glamorous hotel suite they reserved in the heart of the Vegas strip, they’re forced to shack up in a seedy motel instead. The night only spirals further downward into the criminal underworld from there, including a mugging at gunpoint, a jello wrestling scene, »

- Lee Jutton

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Film Review: ‘A Haunted House 2’

18 April 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s not that the Marlon Wayans horror spoof “A Haunted House 2” isn’t stupid. It is, incredibly so, as well as technically inept, damn near plotless, and mired in humor so puerile, ugly and regressive that this critic witnessed a gaggle of preteen theater-hoppers groan with exasperation at several of the running sex jokes. And yet, there’s a certain tragically admirable level of commitment from the cast, particularly the dignity-averse Wayans, that at least lifts it above the parody-movie nadir set by “Date Movie”/“Epic Movie” auteurs Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. It’s certainly likely to be among the worst movies in wide release this year, but it’s far from the most hateable, and that should count for something.

A sequel to last year’s “A Haunted House,” which grossed $40 million even though it appeared to have been financed with change collected from a shopping mall fountain, »

- Andrew Barker

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10 Pulp Comic Book Heroes Who Deserve An Epic Movie Comeback

21 March 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Every summer it seems there are more and more superhero tent pole films looking to dominate the box office. Most all of them have seen big returns but audiences are still unfamiliar with the characters who inspired them in the first place. Everyone knows who Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and Captain America are – and thanks to their big screen successes, lesser-known characters like Iron Man and Thor have also witnessed great popularity.

But few know that a lot of these popular characters were spun out from a dark, broody, mysterious, and even fantastical genre known as “the pulps.” In their heyday, they sold many copies and provided kids and adults with an escape to some of the greatest adventures they’d ever know. In the past few decades we’ve seen a few attempts at resurrecting these characters, though many of them have failed. Either the characters provided no real name »

- William Sterling

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Mixology Review – ABC Tries A New Angle On Comedy TV

25 February 2014 8:19 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Mixology Review

ABC‘s self-proclaimed “high-concept” comedy, Mixology, is a combination of 24 and Love Actually, but for a somewhat younger crowd than either. Actually, the target demographic might be up in the air, as the ages of, and dialog from, some of the characters pushes the upper region of the key television audience.

At any rate, the series takes place during a single night, in a single location, as 10 strangers enjoy an evening at a local bar, trying to pick up, get picked up, or otherwise figure out how to find love… or something.

Tom (Blake Lee) was recently dumped by his fiancee, and his friends, Cal (Craig Frank) and Bruce (Andrew Santino), are taking him out to get him back on the horse. Tom is about as lost as a guy can be in such a situation, especially after being out of the game for so long, but it »

- Marc Eastman

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Frost DVD Review

6 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Reynir Lyngdal,

Starring: Anna Gunndis Guomundsdottir, Bjorn Thors,     

 Running Time: 79 Minutes

Certificate: 15

I am a true lover of film. I always try and identify what I liked about a film, even if the film was awful. Even when it comes to dross such as the likes of Epic Movie, I will put my hands up and admit to the one joke that made me laugh. Therefore it gives me no pleasure in saying that Frost has next to no redeemable qualities whatsoever, which makes it very difficult to make this criticism constructive.

An Icelandic found-footage film touted as The Blair Witch Project meets The Thing, this sounded right up my alley, and yes the potential is there. However, found-footage is not an excuse for making a cheap film. Found-footage should be utilised to self-enforce restrictions that tell a story in a unique way. Frost has other ideas, so when »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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