10 items from 2014
Ricki and the Flash follows a woman (Streep) who lost her family while chasing her dream of becoming a rock star.
Ricki and The Flash is scheduled for a 2015 release at cinemas. »
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
We return with the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Repentance and Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, details on the Sundance Next Fest Lineup, Eat Men Like Air, Mindless, and much more:
First Rockabilly Zombie Weekend Trailer: “When Becky and Grant arrive at their rockabilly-themed wedding, despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak, things go horribly wrong as the mosquito-spread virus spawns zombies, who begin feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals. The two newlyweds have to escape along with their family and friends if they ever want to live to see their honeymoon!
Rockabilly Zombie Weekend is a new feature length horror thriller with a rocking twist on the modern zombie film. It’s currently being released on DVD on July 1st, 2014 through Green Apple Entertainment. The film (as well as other merchandise) can »
- Tamika Jones
As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.
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30. Annie (1982)
Directed by John Huston
Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)
Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to »
- Joshua Gaul
As we are full-on in the Lent season, our definitive list will focus on films about religion or some aspect of it. The #1 qualification to be on this list is to deliberately focus on religion, a religious figure, or have the presence of a religion/faith as an integral plot point. For example, most of Luis Bunuel’s films can be viewed as attacks on the church, but they aren’t literally about Christianity; therefore, they won’t be included. So, on this list, we’ll look at as many different faiths as possible (though, there are obviously a lot more movies about Christianity than any other religion). We’ll even dabble into cults and sects that don’t really exist. Final rule: no documentaries. We’re keeping this fictional.
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50. Sound of My Voice (2011)
Directed by Zal Batmanglij
- Joshua Gaul
My first real attempt at understanding the brilliance that was Stanley Kubrick came in my freshman year of college, when I wrote a research paper on 2001: A Space Odyssey for an English class. After all that work, I only received a B and found myself more confused than ever. But there it was – the spark that Stanley Kubrick’s work produces. Kubrick’s best films were experiences; it’s impossible to “half-watch” one of his many masterpieces. And that’s what the movies on this list do. They take you on an odyssey of visual wonder, psychological tremors, and expect you to do as much work as the people involved in the making of the films. Yet, in the end, Kubrick’s films didn’t feel like homework. They felt like vacations to a world where deep thought is a welcome respite.
20. The Thin Red Line (1998)
Directed by Terrence Malick
What makes it Kubrickian? »
- Joshua Gaul
Whatever you may have thought of January Jones’s portrayal of The White Queen/Emma Frost in superhero blockbuster X-Men: First Class, there’s no denying the actress’s versatility. She’s been nominated for a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Satellite Award for her performance as Betty Draper in AMC’s period drama Mad Men, had supporting roles in action blockbusters like Unknown and the upcoming Good Kill, appeared in raunchy comedy American Wedding and even toplined her own Western (Sweetwater). Now, Jones is set to add another genre to her already strong resume: horror. The actress just signed on to topline a supernatural thriller called The Shuddering.
Jones stars as a woman who returns to the town where she first began to experience strange, horrific visions. When she digs into the town’s history and records of the visions, she begins to uncover a mystery far more »
- Isaac Feldberg
The gorgeous January Jones (below) star of AMC's award-winning 'Mad Men', identity thriller 'Unknown' and comic book action prequel 'X-Men: First Class' has landed a new leading role in supernatural chiller 'The Shuddering'. The Circle of Confusion production is currently being shopped around at this months Efm in Berlin by Cargo Entertainmnet who are handling the international rights. The movie is set to begin shooting this Summer with George Ratliff ('Joshua') behind the camera lensing from a script penned by 'The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia' scribe David Coggeshall. Jones is currently shooting on 'In Time' director Andrew Niccol's latest thriller 'Good Kill' alongside Ethan Hawke ('Sinister') and will soon be finishing up on the final season of 'Mad Men' as Betty Draper. »
The story centers on a woman (January Jones) who revisits the town where she started to experience haunting visions, as she begins to uncover a mystery that goes farther back in time than she imagined.
George Ratliff (Joshua, Salvation Boulevard) is directing from a screenplay by David Coggeshall (The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia). Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win), Damon Lane and John Santilli are producing alongside Lawrence Mattis, whose company Circle of Confusion produces AMC's The Walking Dead. Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer, after January Jones wraps production on the final season of Mad Men.
• Olivia Wilde (Drinking Buddies) is set to star in and produce the psychological thriller Meadowland. Reed Morano, the cinematographer on Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins, will make her directorial debut on the film about a woman who developed a relationship with a neglected boy after her own son disappears. Production will begin this summer, after Wilde gives birth. [Deadline]
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen will re-team with their 50/50 director Jonathan Levine for an untitled Christmas comedy about a trio of childhood friends who get together every Christmas Eve for a night out in New York City. The third lead has yet to be cast. »
- Lindsey Bahr
10 items from 2014
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