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Siblings Andy and Barbara Muschietti, director and producer of “Mama,” a U.S. chart-toper in 2013, brothers will produce the next project of Alex and David Pastor, supernatural thriller “In Shadows.” Spanish writers-directors, the Pastors, also siblings, have carve out a name on the international genre scene, with “The Last Days” and “Carriers.”
EOne is in advanced talks with the Muschiettis to board “Shadows.” A Spanish commercial broadcaster is also studying the project for possible co-production.
“‘Shadows’ is a twisted coming-of-age story, a dark tale where supernatural horror is a manifestation of the most mundane horror the characters face in their daily lives. Unfolding along two different timelines, the movie explores how the horrors of the past can haunt us all our lives and define us as adults,” David Pastor explained to Variety.
The Pastors’ new title turns on Jason, a man who comes out of prison after serving 20 years for an unspeakable crime, »
- Emilio Mayorga
A brand new you that just might be the old someone else is the quandary at the center of “Self/less,” an initially intriguing parable about man’s lust for immortality that quickly devolves into a substandard shoot-’em-up designed to rebrand star Ryan Reynolds as a brawny action hero in the Jason Statham mold. But even the resourceful, likable Reynolds is at a loss to elevate this rather dreary piece of would-be escapism, which calls out for the wry, pulpy touch of a John Carpenter (or his acolyte David Twohy) and instead gets the strained self-seriousness of director Tarsem Singh. July 10 release from Universal/Focus’ relaunched genre label Gramercy Pictures will have its work cut out for it against the big guns of summer.
- Scott Foundas
In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Director: Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”, “Immortals”) Writers: Alex Pastor & David Pastor (“Carriers,” “The Last Days”) Cast: Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”), Natalie Martinez (“Secrets and Lies”), Matthew Goode (“The Good Wife,” “The Imitation Game”), Victor Garber (“The Flash”), Derek Luke (“Empire”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley Producers: Ram Bergman, James D. Stern, Peter Schlessel Distributor: Gramercy Pictures »
The film is about a terminally ill billionaire, played by Ben Kingsley, who buys a chance for eternal life through an experimental underground medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the cadaver of a younger man, played by Reynolds.
Things go well at first as Kingsley’s character inhabits the new body but problems quickly arise.
“Immortality has some side effects,” warns Matthew Goode’s character.
- Dave McNary
Focus Features’ original plan was to release Self/Less in September of last year but, at some point, the decision was made to punt it back to Summer 2015. We’ll now be seeing it on July 31st.
The film has been directed by Tarsem Singh, the stylist behind Rem’s Losing My Religion, cult-movie The Fall and J-Lo embarrassment The Cell. He’s only ever as good as his scripts, and sometimes not quite, but Self/Less at least has the benefit of a screenplay by David and Alex Pastor.
- Brendon Connelly
It’s been some time since I’ve had that feeling of being “had,” going into something with hopeful expectations, only to find out that it was all a ruse. Cinema is often like this, drawing us in, capturing our emotions and interests, even playing off our primal instincts. Michael Bay knows the mass loves explosions, so there are always plenty in his films, all of which appear int he films’ trailers. Trailers are another way that we, as viewers, can be duped. It’s a necessary evil, I suppose. The nature of the marketing beast that, inevitably, will always accompany the anticipation involved with being a movie watcher. This has become something of a cultural agreement of modern society. We tolerate in order to be entertained.
I find it “crazy” how individuals associated with one film, generally applauded for being a success, can turn around and be equally associated with a flop, »
- Travis Keune
Q: When is a J-horror not a J-horror?
I don’t have a problem with mainstream horror movies as such. Of course, as with most of the people who frequent this site, I find that my tastes are satisfied by the films that exist a little more towards the fringe, but on the whole I find that even the most formulaic of horrors can provide some thrills and chills.
I say this because Out of the Dark is one of the most derivative and predictable horror films I’ve seen in a long time. Surprisingly (and perhaps the only surprising thing about this film othe [Continued ...] »
7 items from 2015
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