18 items from 2014
The instant I heard about 31 Days of Horror, I knew I wanted to write about Bigfoot movies. The idea came to me so quickly that it seemed to exist almost without genesis, as if I had somehow plucked the idea from some endless, ageless chthonic crypt populated with nothing but amorphous spirits built of mostly-forgotten esoteric genre-pictures wandering the non-Euclidean cyclopean masonry of the mythical grindhouse of history. The idea seemed so perfect- and so in my wheel house- that when it came time to actually write the thing I was struck with the confusion that had gripped so many of my friends that I had told about the idea. “Why do you want to do that?” was the second most popular question, right after, “Are there four Bigfoot movies worth talking about?” and while I knew the answer to the second (a resounding yes, hence why you’re reading »
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
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
The Hooligan Factory, 2014
Directed by Nick Nevern
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
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'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
Kenny Powers is back for another hit of hilarious mayhem in the fourth and final season of Eastbound & Down: The Complete Fourth Season releasing on DVD and Blu-ray on 12 May 2014 from HBO Home Entertainment. The former major league pitching ace is as arrogant, insulting and irresistible as ever in this cringingly hilarious finale and we’ve got 3 copies on Blu-ray to giveaway!
Containing nail-biting low-key but side-splitting funny lines, the comedy excellence features a staggering cast including Danny McBride (Your Highness, This is the End) as Kenny Powers, Steve Little (30 Rock, How I met Your Mother) as Steve Janowski, Katy Nixon (Take Shelter, Mike & Molly) as April Buchanon, Elizabeth De Razzo (ER, Cold Case) as Maria, and Ike Barinholtz (Family Guy, Meet the Spartans) as Ivan Dochenko.
- Dan Bullock
Coming off a successful career in television and two smaller pictures (The Producers in 1968 and The Twelve Chairs in 1970), Mel Brooks took a chance on a western comedy. This was before the days of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, decades before Scary Movie, and a generation of time (and quality) from Meet the Spartans and A Haunted House. Brooks broke all sorts of social and decency taboos with Blazing Saddles, from the subversive racial commentary to the orchestra of cowboy farts around a campfire. Blazing Saddles turns 40 this year, which makes it as good of a time as any to look back on the production with Mel Brooks himself. The commentary on the original Blu-ray release comes from the initial DVD release back in the late 1990s, but it still has a lot to say about this comedy classic. Blazing Saddles (1974) Commentator: Mel Brooks (co-writer/director) 1. The title of the film went through various names. The »
- Kevin Carr
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
While it didn't come close to matching its predecessor, 300: Rise of An Empire still managed to dominate the weekend with over $45 million. Also opening this weekend, Mr. Peabody & Sherman became the latest DreamWorks Animation movie to disappoint at the domestic box office.Playing at 3,470 locations, 300: Rise of an Empire's $45.03 million debut was off 36 percent from the original 300, which opened on the same weekend in 2007. Adjusting for ticket price inflation and 3D premiums, Rise of an Empire sold roughly half as many tickets. Still, it was a step up from other comparable titles like G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($40.5 million), 10,000 B.C. ($35.9 million), Wrath of the Titans ($33.5 million) and Immortals ($32.2 million).Rise of an Empire was never expected to match the original 300 at the domestic box office. While marketing did a solid job positioning the movie as a revenge tale, the story just wasn't as compelling this time around. Also, the »
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Thursday Update: 300: Rise of an Empire earned $3.3 million from late Thursday showings. That's a step up from G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($2.2 million) and is significantly higher than Wrath of the Titans ($1 million at midnight). This suggests that a $40 million weekend is a pretty safe bet for the 300 sequel.Forecast: Seven years after 300 ruled the box office, a sequel finally arrives in theaters this weekend. While Rise of an Empire isn't going to come anywhere close to that movie's $70 million debut, it should still be mighty enough to take first place ahead of DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman.In March 2007, 300 reached theaters with fairly modest expectations: its cast was largely unknown at the time, and director Zack Snyder's only previous movie was the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake ($59 million). Its mix of unique visuals and high-stakes storytelling proved to be an appealing combination, though, and it wound up setting »
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With major releases like Divergent, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and 300: Rise of An Empire, the box office should see a bit of an uptick this March. Still, without anything on par with The Hunger Games, it's unlikely that March 2014 beats 2012's $943 million record.March 7The first weekend of March features a showdown between long-awaited sequel 300: Rise of an Empire and DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Both should open over $30 million, though it's likely that Mr. Peabody has the edge in the long run.In March 2007, 300 became a surprise box office sensation: the movie grossed over $210 million in the U.S. and turned director Zack Snyder in to one of Hollywood's hottest big-budget filmmakers. Unfortunately, the movie had a fairly definitive ending, which made it difficult to immediately crank out a sequel.Seven years later, audiences are finally getting that sequel, though box office prospects don't seem nearly as »
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"Meet the Spartans, a society built on reason, sit-ups, and child abuse." The guys at Screen Junkies have done it again. With their running series of "Honest Trailers," they mock the flaws of some of Hollywood's biggest movies. And while the results might rattle the cages of fans, they are nonetheless hilarious. For their 50th entry in this web series, Screen Junkies have taken on Zack Snyder's 300, from its over-the-top machismo to its nonsensical blend of fact and fiction, and its male-to-female nipple ratio. In many ways, 300 has aged into an easy target. The look that was so groundbreaking back in 2006 has since been endlessly copied in movies, commercials, and Instagram. The yelling--in a Scottish accent--seems downright silly out of context. Its growly and ardent masculinity becomes homoerotic. And I mean, "mutant Persian goat men?" That just never made sense. But this vid has bigger fish to fry. Sure, »
Title: Best Night Ever Directors: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer Starring: Crista Flanagan, Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, Eddie Ritchard Filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have been accused of plenty of crimes against cinema in their careers, so one might not think that their latest effort, “Best Night Ever,” would necessarily hold much surprise. As the writer-directors behind slapdash spoofs like “Date Movie,” “Disaster Movie,” “Meet the Spartans” and others — overwhelmingly critically panned, all — they’ve traded in creatively bankrupt, stick-poke, air-quote satire for more than a half-dozen years. And yet “Best Night Ever” is notable, in that it’s essentially the duo’s first nominally original, non-directly-referential screenplay. So does the [ Read More ]
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Anything that happens in Vegas. Stays in Vegas.
Hilarious comedy “Best Night Ever” is another movie about a group of friends partying in Las Vegas and obviously things do go wrong.
This is the first original comedy from directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the team that directed spoofs like “Vampires Suck,” “Disaster Movie, and “Meet the Spartans.” However, this movie does sort of mock “The Hangover,” “Project X,” “Spring Breakers,” and “Bridesmaids.”
During the film’s press day earlier this week, actresses Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, Eddie Ritchard and Crista Flanagan joined Latino-Review for an interview in a limo. As we’re riding around the city, we talked about the crazy scenes, Las Vegas activities, shooting in public, cut scenes and even trying to order a salad from burger restaurant In N’ Out.
“Best Night Ever” is out in some theaters in major theaters today. The film is also »
- Gig Patta
- David Lane
Serial spoofers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (“Meet the Spartans,” “Disaster Movie”) hit rock bottom last year while scraping the bottom of the barrel with “The Starving Games.” But that hasn’t stopped the writing-directing duo from digging even deeper. Although “Best Night Ever,” their latest effort, is billed as their first “original” feature, this aggressively frenetic but dismally unfunny farrago plays like a found-footage version of “Bridesmaids” meet “The Hangover.” It seems painfully obvious that, instead of satirizing other, better movies, Friedberg and Seltzer have opted this time to merely imitate them. The end result could be their lowest grosser ever.
Shot semi-guerrilla-style in various Nevada and California locales over a three-week period, “Best Night Ever” details the girls-gone-wild misadventures of four young women during an ill-starred all-night bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Bride-to-be Claire (Desiree Hall) is accompanied by her snobbish sister Leslie (Samantha Colburn), party-hearty buddy Zoe »
- Joe Leydon
The Starving Games premieres on DVD January 21st, 2014! It’s time for a second helping. Join Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh), Peter Malarky (Cody Christian), and Dale (Brant Daugherty) in the 75th Annual Starving Games. The Avengers, Avatars, The Expendables and more also make an appearance!
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In their sixth cinematic spoof of popular box-office hits, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Vampires Suck, Meet the Spartans) set their sights on the adventure blockbuster The Hunger Games! Join in the game as they sling dozens of cock-eyed, barbed arrows at sci-fi, action and fantasy films from The Avengers and The Expendables to pop culture characters and celebrities like Harry Potter and Taylor Swift.
- Movie Geeks
With The Hunger Games movies still going strong, spoof masters Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg attempt to take the franchise down a notch with The Starving Games, debuting on DVD January 21. Maiara Walsh and Brant Daugherty star as Kantmiss Evershot and her longtime friend Dale in the comedy, which also takes shots at Avatar, Marvel's The Avengers and The Expendables. We have an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the DVD, where Brant Daugherty explains the difference between acting in a drama and a spoof, and Maiara Walsh discusses her full commitment to the role.
With all the laughs and half the calories, The Starving Games arrives on DVD January 21st! In their sixth cinematic spoof of popular box-office hits, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Vampires Suck, Meet the Spartans) set their sights on the adventure blockbuster The Hunger Games! Join in the game as they sling dozens of cock-eyed, barbed arrows at sci-fi, »
18 items from 2014
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