11 items from 2016
I would be lying if I said Box of Dread’s Shaun Of The Dead/Army Of Darkness mashup theme didn’t excite the hell out of me. I mean, come on, these are two pretty iconic and beloved flicks. Well, this month’s Box of Dread definitely did not disappoint in terms of cool collectibles and swag!
First item out of the box was Vinyl Sugar’s Shaun (Shaun Of The Dead) Dorbz figure. It’s a really nice vinyl figure complete with details like Shaun’s nametag, his trusty cricket bat, and even the tiny red [blood] stain on his shirt. And bonus, the box wasn’t damaged!
Next, we have some Starship Troopers trading cards. Talk about some “unlikely heroes”! Circa 1997, these bad boys features images from Paul Verhoeven’s action-packed Sci-Fi, as well as storyboard sketches and facts about the scenes. These cards are practically oozing nostalgia. »
- Caroline Stephenson
It’s no secret whatsoever that I’m a pretty big Kevin Smith fan, which is something I’ve said more than once on this site. Perhaps to some degree that’s why I’m so delighted by his recent foray into horror/genre work, but I’d also make the argument that Smith is exercising new muscles of late, and that’s indisputably exciting. Today, the anthology horror project Holidays is transitioning from its run at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival this month to a limited theatrical release, with Smith helming one of the segments. It’s one of the better ones in the flick too, so it’s a great excuse for me to pay tribute to a favorite in Smith once again. The movie is, as previously mentioned, an anthology horror tale, with different filmmakers taking different holidays and giving them a scary or just twisted spin. For example, »
- Joey Magidson
With just under two weeks to go before its UK release, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director Tony Aloupis’ upcoming drama Safelight, which stars Evan Peters and Juno Temple. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
The paths of two desperate individuals cross in a dusty desert town in the late 1970s. Charles (Evan Peters) is a high school senior with physical challenges and Vickie (Juno Temple) is a troubled runaway. After Charles steps in to help Vickie during a fight with the dangerous Skid (Kevin Alejandro – True Blood, Red State), the pair form an unlikely relationship. But will the pair’s difficult lives allow them to find happiness? One thing is for certain – their lives will be changed forever.
- Amie Cranswick
With the likes of Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), and Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) taking a segment, the first trailer for horror anthology Holidays, which uncovers the dark side of annual celebrations like Christmas, Father’s Day, Easter, and St. Patrick’s Day (which Shore will be taking the helm). A fine group of genre directors have been assembled for this, and the trailer has the right amount of creepiness to subvert the holidays and traditions weekend take for granted. Horror anthologies can be a bit hit and miss, but Holidays seems to be doing it right. If anything, it promises to be a lot of fun. Released: April 15th »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It’d be reasonable to say that writer and director Kevin Smith has had a more vocal and sometimes uneasy relationship with film critics than most filmmakers over the past five or ten years.
Infamously, he voiced his discontent with critics after the less than stellar response to his studio comedy, Cop Out. Back in 2010, he wrote on his Twitter feed that "from now on, any flick I'm ever involved with, I conduct screenings thusly: you wanna see it early to review it? Fine: pay like you would if you saw it next week".
There were interesting points in this (many of which were lost in the internet mass of noise that followed), and in an indirect way, it all seemed to build towards Smith's impressive horror Red State, »
Follow all of our Sundance 2016 coverage. Some of you may not believe this, but most film critics would prefer not to write negative reviews. We’re film fans first and foremost, and that means we’d love nothing more than for every movie we see to be good or, better yet, great. It’s true that critical slams are often easier to write, but I don’t ever walk into a screening hoping the film sucks for any reason — let alone to make my job a little bit easier. I’m equally certain that, until now at least, Kevin Smith has never made a film where the end goal was anything less then doing the best job that he could at the time. Sure Cop Out is loaded with compromise, and Red State is a misstep into a genre he doesn’t fully understand, and even Tusk — a misfire by any standard — is a well-made bad film »
- Rob Hunter
They may be “red and white and never blue” and they may “not even supposed to be here today,” but the clerks of Eh-2-Zed are certainly having an abnormal adolescence. Yoga Hosers marks the second film in Kevin Smith’s True North series, an American parody of Canada that may repay the favor for American Venus, Bruce Sweeney’s rare Canadian send-up of American values. This is certainly reading too much into the film, even if Smith takes the joke a little too far. There’s only so many times you can parody the pronunciation of the letter “o” as “eh.”
By all measures our heroines, the Colleens (Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp), are regular North American teens. Constantly on their phones, they dream of going to “grade 12” parties with cute boys even if they plan on stealing their souls. The girls practice yoga in a strip mall »
- John Fink
One of the Sundance Film Festival’s favorite sons returned to Park City on Sunday night, as writer-director Kevin Smith debuted “Yoga Hosers,” the second film in his Canada-based True North trilogy and the most bizarre movie of his 22-year career — a real feat coming on the heels of “Tusk.” Smith has a long history at Sundance, where he launched his career with “Clerks” in 1994 and sold himself “Red State” at a controversial public auction in 2011. He returned to the Library Theater with critics in his crosshairs after spending the last several years insisting that he is less »
- Jeff Sneider
Image via Cosmic Book News
Without a doubt we live in the age of the fanboy. Not only are we treated to some quality comic book films and blockbusters, but we live in a time where the geeks of yesterday are now the men on top -- J.J. Abrams, Ryan Coogler, and Zack Snyder are all prime evidence of this. Though Kevin Smith wouldn't necessarily pop up on the list of directors most likely to take on a Marvel or DC flick, this next piece of news may indicate the filmmaker's desire to spread his wings into the comic book world.
Recently at the TV Critics Winter Association, Mark Pedowitz, president of the CW network, confirmed that writer/director/fanboy Kevin Smith would be directing an episode of "The Flash" this season (via Coming Soon).
I can hear the cries of support and skepticism in the comments already. After all, »
- Joseph Medina
Smith – a big comic book fan - has flirted with live-action adaptations of superhero stories before (he famously penned a script for Superman Lives before Tim Burton edged him out of that project), and also has form working with The CW (he directed the pilot of their sadly-short-lived series Reaper), so perhaps his interest in The Flash shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
One thing that is surprising, though, is that Kevin Smith has found time to squeeze this into his schedule. He already has the upcoming shoots of Clerks III and Mallbrats on his slate, as well as completing post-production on Yoga Hosers »
What jumps to mind when you hear the phrase "Quentin Tarantino movie"? Hyperviolence? A bunch of different B-movies pastiched into something new? A lot of dialogue with a lot of bad language? That one "F" word in particular? Any of those could be right, but there's another thing many of Tarantino's movies have in common: a big, meaty role for an actor who's maybe in need of a career boost. In the case of the Tarantino movie currently in theaters, The Hateful Eight, the role is that of Daisy Domergue, a wily, foul-mouthed criminal played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. Now Leigh hasn't been without work. »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
11 items from 2016
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