20 items from 2015
Some films are bad. In fact some films are so bad, even the actors promoting them can't deny just how bad they are, as these cinematic turncoats prove...
1. George Clooney: "I think we might have killed the franchise."
Film: Batman & Robin (1997)
Box office: $238.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%
"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!
"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie. I think we might have killed the franchise."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's the worst film I have ever made."
Film: Red Sonja (1985)
Box office: $6.9 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
"It's the worst film I have ever made. »
M. Night Shyamalan’s star has been on the steady decline since “The Sixth Sense” set his bar almost unattainably high in 1999. There are some adamant “Signs” fans, and you might even find an apologist or two for “The Village” if you ask around. But “The Happening,” “Lady in the Water” (did anyone see that?), “The Last Airbender,” “After Earth” —none of these are good movies. The director's freshman film was 1992's “Praying with Anger” and concerns the journey of an East Indian teen to India from the States to revisit his roots. Six years later, Shyamalan wrote and directed “Wide Awake,” another film about a boy tapping into his past; this time, the protagonist is a ten-year-old searching for God in the wake of his grandfather’s passing. It starred Rosie O’Donnell as a nun (did you even know Rosie O’Donnell was in an M. Night Shyamalan movie, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Chicago – Of the various genres of films, the psychological thriller is one of my holy grails. A story that highlights the psychology of its characters and their wobbly emotional states, few modern filmmakers dare to compete with the masterminds – Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and more recently David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky – or fail when trying to.
Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” – along with films like “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Se7en,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Pi,” “The Shining,” “Memento,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Misery” and “The Usual Suspects” – do the genre true justice. Fast forward to today, though, when we ask ourselves: Who is Joel Edgerton?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Female of the Species: Sono’s Pseudo-Allegory Reifies the Male Gaze
Superficially, there’s not too much new on hand in Sion Sono’s Tag, credited as the third of a whopping six features due out in 2015, each to most likely be juggled around the film festival circuit before a little luck sees them reach theatrical release next year thanks to the auteur’s continually growing cult audience (it’s fair to say he’s browbeating the output of native prolific provocateur, Takashi Miike). This latest lands somewhere on the more bizarro end of Sono’s eclectic spectrum, though is nowhere near as gonzo, batshit crazy as Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013) or last year’s gangster musical Tokyo Tribe. However, neither is this on par with the director’s more sterling titles, like the magnum opus Love Exposure (2008), the first chapter of his daunting “Hate” trilogy. Instead, »
- Nicholas Bell
Bullying has been an absolute virus, steadily grown throughout our nation’s schools within the last decade. Whether it be over the way a kid looks, the type of music he listens to, or hell, just because he exists, the fact is that it’s grown to astronomical proportions, and it’s only a matter of time before those kids strike back. When that does happen, we end up with tragedies such as the ones we’ve had to shockingly endure, like Columbine. The pain, rage and embarrassment of being a bullied teenager has very rarely been addressed in cinema, and when it has, even That was neutered (the “pg-13″ cuts of the documentary Bully) . With all of that said, it was only a matter of time before a film, genre or not, would be made, one that takes a brutally honest look at the idea of being bullied, fighting back, »
- Jerry Smith
How many Mark Wahlbergs are there? I ask because I like the guy who showed up in this week's "Ted 2." I like goofball Mark Wahlberg. I like belligerent Boston Mark Wahlberg. I like dancing silly Mark Wahlberg. I like dim bulb but well-meaning Mark Wahlberg. I do not, however, care for "I'm smarter than I look" Mark Wahlberg. I do not like humorless Mark Wahlberg. I do not particularly care for serious action mode Mark Wahlberg. And when I look at the ones I don't like side-by-side with the ones I like, I find it hard to reconcile that this is all one person. So again… I ask… how many Mark Wahlbergs are there? When Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" was released, it was a breakthrough for the young actor, part of a banner year in his nascent acting career. He had made a few films before that, including »
- Drew McWeeny
We look back at M Night Shyamalan's much-vilified fantasy movie, and ask if anything could have saved it...
“The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.”
So began Roger Ebert's review of The Last Airbender. It sounds harsh, but Ebert's half-star verdict was fairly representative of the tidal wave of criticism that engulfed director M. Night Shyamalan's most expensive and, ultimately, most derided film yet.
But unlike other misfires from Shyamalan, this wasn't based on his own original idea. It was the first of a planned trilogy based on the beloved Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was hugely acclaimed for its visual sense, engrossing storytelling and lively, vibrant characters. What went wrong? It's almost harder to try and figure out what, if anything, went right.
I am willing to give M. Night Shyamalan a little leeway for films after The Village. The Lady In The Water was not great but it also wasn't awful. It becomes more difficult with movies like The Happening, but there is absolutely no excuse for The Last Airbender. Having seen a screening with studio executives present, I could easily tell they were freaking out at the piss poor reaction we were giving the... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Written by Blake Crouch
Directed by M. Night Shymalan
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
As even a cursory glance at the TV Tropes page will tell you, the idea of a seemingly normal town with a dark secret is one of popular culture’s most frequently explored ideas. The dichotomy of an idyllic life with lurking horrors underneath it has been deployed by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to David Lynch to David E. Kelley, yielding a spectrum of results and interpretations. There’s been so many of them, in fact, that it’s dulled the impact of the genre because the audience is expecting something strange to happen before too long. For a new entry to stand out, it needs to have either an incredibly distinctive voice or a twist on the structure that transcends its stock setting. »
- Les Chappell
“Welcome to Wayward Pines, where paradise is home”.
The louder a fictional small town shouts about being heaven on Earth, the higher the probability that it is in fact, an axis of evil. As a rule, if the town sign features a beaming family and a cheery slogan, you’ll be lucky to make it to sundown without being kidnapped, cannibalised or having your severed spine used as a xylophone in the local middle school’s ossuary orchestra.
(It’s all a matter of irony. Small towns with dark secrets love irony in a town slogan. It gives them a pleasant break from all that ritualised murder and alien probing.)
Devilworks has partnered with production outfit Caliber Media to land international rights to supernatural horror Some Kind Of Hate.
Following its recent premiere at the Stanley Film Festival, Adam Egypt Mortimer’s film tells the story of a troubled teen who conjures the spirit of a teen who committed suicide years before.
Devilworks will start to sell the film to in Cannes.
CEO of Devilworks Matteo Rolleri, who negotiated the deal with Dallas Sonnier on behalf of Caliber Media, said: “We’re ecstatic to be on board the international sales for Some Kind of Hate; it’s a new kind of slasher, which stands alone from the rest, with an integral yet tragic core. I think audiences »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Image Entertainment has picked up the North American rights for Adam Egypt Mortimer's supernatural slasher flick Some Kind of Hate. The flick had its world premiere at the Stanley Film Festival this past weekend. Some Kind of Hate stars Ronen Rubenstein (It Felt Like Love), Sierra McCormick (Disney's "Ant Farm"), Grace Phipps (Fright Night, Disney's Teen Beach Movie), Spencer Breslin (The Happening, The Kid), Lexi Atkins (The Boy Next Door, Zombeavers), Noah Segan (Looper), and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho).Some Kind of Hate tells the story of a troubled teen who's subjected to severe bullying. He accidentally conjures Moira Karp, a teenage girl pushed to commit suicide by bullies years ago. Moira is now a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of gruesome retribution. But...
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Fresh out of making one hell of a splash at this week’s Stanley Film Festival, the Adam Egypt Mortimer-helmed horror flick Some Kind Of Hate, has now been acquired by Image Entertainment/Rlj, joining Joe Dante’s Burying The Ex and another film that I’m anxious to check out, Dark Was The Night. Image has done a great job picking up some interesting and entertaining genre films lately, and the fact that they jumped at the chance to pick up Some Kind Of Hate just shows that they’re committed to bringing horror fans interesting and thought-provoking films. Adding to the excitement, Mortimer is confidently becoming a jack of all trades, with previously not only directing music videos for bands like Against Me!, but producing the upcoming horror anthology Holidays, as well as putting out one of the most entertaining comics of recent time, Ballistic.
- Jerry Smith
"Los Angeles, May 4, 2015 – Image Entertainment, an Rlje Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, has acquired all North American rights to the Caliber Media-produced horror film, Some Kind Of Hate. The buzz-worthy film made its world debut at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2. Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer, from a script by Mortimer and novelist Brian DeLeeuw (The Dismantling), Some Kind Of Hate stars Ronen Rubinstein (It Felt Like Love), Sierra McCormick (Disney’s “Ant Farm”), Grace Phipps (Fright Night, Disney’s Teen Beach Movie), Spencer Breslin (The Happening, The Kid), Lexi Atkins (The Boy Next Door, Zombeavers), Noah Segan (Looper), and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho). Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer for the Image brands, made the announcement today.
- Jonathan James
It might be way too soon to say this but we're feeling optimistic so what the hell: welcome back, M. Night Shyamalan! The trailer for his latest film, The Visit, was posted online late last week, and not only is Shyamalan returning to his horror film roots, but it looks like he's doing it with a good movie. Finally! Admit it; his film track record as of late has been less than stellar. And that's putting it nicely. These are the last four films he's made: After Earth (bomb) Devil (meh) The Last Airbender (bigger bomb) The Happening (even star Mark Wahlberg hated it) Basically, instead of being known for his creepy, unique film twists like he used to »
The once-respected film-maker is returning to his roots with evil gran outing The Visit – but is the stumbled-across-video format too dated to work?
The words “an M Night Shyamalan film” were were once sure indicators of box-office success. The writer/director/cameo actor enjoyed huge hits with The Sixth Sense, Signs and The Village.
But things started falling apart. His shtick became repetitive (Philadelphia setting – check, precocious kid – check, twist at the end – check) and his name became synonymous with disaster. Lady in the Water was a contrived fantasy with an egotistical turn from Shyamalan, playing a writer whose words had the power to change the world. The Happening was a laughable thriller about plants turning against humans, which even Transformers 4 star Mark Wahlberg called “a bad movie”.
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- Benjamin Lee
After a string of belly flops of epic proportions in After Earth, The Last Airbender and the critically maligned The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan will be working with a much smaller budget for his next film The Visit.
With approximately $5 million to work with in terms of production, Blumhouse is on board to help Shyamalan go back to his thriller roots and re-build goodwill with genre fans.
While I'm intrigued by the poster and the film's concept, it does feel like this one could go either way. Grandparents are scary? We'll see, Shyamalan, We'll see.
A single mother finds that things in her family's life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
Head to Quiet Earth to see the stills.
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Small, isolated towns that seem perfectly wonderful always have to end up harbouring dark, violent and potential twisted secrets. It’s a rule. It’s a thing. It’s a wonder anyone ever goes near them. But sometimes you just have to, or there’d be no drama. The teaser for M. Night Shyamalan and Chad Hodge’s new mystery series Wayward Pines is online. Hodge did the grunt work of crafting this one, adapting Blake Crouch’s novel Pines, but it’s Shyamalan’s name the PR material naturally wants to forefront. Yes, even after The Happening. And After Earth...The plot finds a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) crashing in the titular town while on the hunt for two missing colleagues. What he finds is a place that appears to be friendly and welcoming, but quickly reveals itself as gripped by terror and paranoia fuelled »
M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable celebrates its 15th anniversary later this year. While the director certainly has lost some fans in that time, after a string of bombs such as The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, one actor in particular wants to turn Unbreakable into a trilogy, with M. Night Shyamalan back at the helm. Patton Oswalt revealed to Screen Junkies, that, while he's against making sequels just because a movie is successful, he thinks Unbreakable deserves a tirlogy.
"As much as I'm philosophically against just spitting out sequels because something is successful, I do firmly believe that M. Night Shyamalan's film Unbreakable not only deserves a sequel, it deserves a trilogy."
The actor then broke down his elaborate and detailed plan for two more sequels for Unbreakable.
"So, there are other Unbreakables in the world, and the second movie should be Bruce Willis embracing his hero status, »
M. Night Shyamalan isn't exactly on anyone's must-see list in the wake of After Earth, The Last Airbender and The Happening, but that doesn't mean the man hasn't stayed busy. Right now he's doing work on the TV show Wayward Pines, and this September will see the return of his low-budget film affair in The Visit. However, the question of whether or not he would return to the world of Unbreakable still comes up, and it seems as though that's a »
- Sean Wist
20 items from 2015
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