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This is just a taste of what you’re in for from Parental Guidance: Completely random “humorous” ethnic stereotyping. The public berating of a man for being madly in love with a woman who does not conform to the Hollywood caricature of “hot.” Crotch injury as comedic. The questioning of the masculinity of a man who is kind and gentle. Children’s toilet habits held up for ridicule. Blatant narrative and thematic hypocrisy. These are family values, mind you. They must be, at least in the minds of those responsible for this trial of a film, which is more akin to the tortures of the damned than the frothy yet tender holiday cinematic treat it thinks it is. Because the entire reason for the existence of Parental Guidance, it would seem, is to smack down what it sees as today’s simultaneously overprotective and overindulgent helicopter parents, as represented »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It’s 2012, almost 2013, and the Academy Awards are still seen as the landmark ceremony in film. The fact is, Oscar long ago lost his relevance. The Academy is a congregation of elitism, looking to celebrate the movies that champion Hollywood and diverting from any work that may sway from contemporary. The Academy have always been a bit out of touch with most – by my count the last deserving Best Picture winner was in 1974 with The Godfather Part II – and every year the Academy seem to upset everybody from esteemed film critics to the casual film fan with their baffling selections.
Ironically, the Academy always tries their utmost best to avoid controversy. From their bland hosts to nominations, the Academy just want to show to go smoothly, whilst they revel in self-congratulatory toasts and smile smugly for the cameras. From Vanessa Redgrave’s anti-Zionist ramblings to Marlon Brando’s “acceptance speech »
- Sam Moore
By Joey Magidson
Sometimes, when watching a movie or a television program, you stumble upon an actor or an actress whom you just feel is going places. Maybe they’re new on the scene or a veteran who’s never really been given a chance, but you get the sense that big things are ahead for them. You can almost envision them at the Oscar ceremony, smiling and waiting to hear if their names are called.
Just as often, though, you see people who don’t impress you one bit or happen to be involved in projects that don’t point to an especially bright future. It may not be their fault due to the material, or they may not have come into their own yet, but nothing at that point suggests an Oscar nominee in the making.
Each year, there are numerous potential nominees who have come from rather humble beginnings, »
- Joey Magidson
After starring in a slew of films such as ‘Cruel Intentions’, ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ and more, Ryan Phillippe has decided to take on a new role as director. Set to helm the 2013 movie ‘Shreveport’. Phillippe also co-wrote the script with Joe Gossett and will appear in the lead role. The plot follows a washed up movie star who is kidnapped and held hostage by an enemy who tortures him while shooting a low-budget film in a Louisiana city. The 38-year old stars alongside Russ Russo, Joyful Drake, Tig Notaro, Skipper Landry and James DuMont. Talking with Entertainment Tonight, Phillippe weighed in on how he felt about working behind the [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.99
Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer), Emile Hirsch (Savages), Juno Temple (Dirty Girl), Thomas Haden Church (Easy A) and Gina Gershon (Breathless) star in the 2011 crime-drama thriller Killer Joe.
Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris (Hirsch), a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother (Gershon) to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris’ mother, they decide to hire contract killer Joe Cooper (McConaughey), who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris’ sister Dottie (Temple). However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. Wouldja believe that not everything goes as planned!?
Based upon the play by Tracy Letts »
Cyber Monday is here and Amazon.com are offering DVD and Blu-ray sales deals for this online-centric final day of the week-long discount shopping sales period. Below are the biggest bargains I've found, many of which have carried over from the Black Friday sales. This is your last chance to get this discounts though, it all goes back to normal soon.
Please note that Dark Horizons will earn a very small referral fee when readers purchase something on Amazon through one of the links below. Said fee helps contribute towards the site's running costs, so if you do grab something - thank you. In terms of personal recommendations for titles and bargains below:
Cyber Monday Blu-ray Picks:
The Criterion disc sale is continuing apace and there's a whole separate article for it right here. Joining since yesterday are titles like "Black Orpheus," "Certified Copy," "Eating Raoul," "House," "La Haine," "The Last Days of Disco, »
- Garth Franklin
After what seemed like a lifetime leaning "quirkily" against people and inanimate objects in the posters for dismal, money-spinning rom-coms, Matthew McConaughey rediscovered his mojo this year with two movies that reminded us why we first sat up and took notice of him in Dazed and Confused, Lone Star and even Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. In William Friedkin's Killer Joe, he built upon the career resurrection hinted at in The Lincoln Lawyer, playing a slimy, murderous Texan working both sides of the law.
He dazzles once again in Magic Mike (2012, Lionsgate, 15) as the leader of a male striptease troupe whose routines boast none of the coy amateurism of The Full Monty. Inspired in part by the real-life experiences of beefcakey co-star and producer Channing Tatum, this Steven Soderbergh-directed romp continues the director's ongoing love affair with upmarket exploitation cinema. »
- Mark Kermode
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has fascinated Hollywood for decades. The Grey director Joe Carnahan has been trying to direct his take on the story Killing Pablo for years, once with Javier Bardem and Christian Bale attached and Edgar Ramirez was in talks to play him in two competing films. Plus, The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman has his own project about Escobar in the works. But now it looks like one will finally get made, as Variety reports that Benicio del Toro has signed on to play the iconic figure in a new film called Paradise Lost for Italian director Andrea di Stefano, who also wrote this screenplay. Read on! Paradise Lost takes an interesting angle on Escobar, using him as a tangential figure to the main story. The plot surrounds Nick, a surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls in love with a gorgeous local girl »
- Ben Pearson
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $49.99
Premium cable channel Showtime’s critically acclaimed television comedy-drama series Shameless: Season Two delivers another 12 episodes of outrageous family dysfunction.
Shameless stars William H. Macy (The Lincoln Lawyer) as the South side of Chicago’s Frank Gallagher, a proud, working-class patriarch to a motley brood of six smart, spirited and independent kids. Booze-addled Frank leaves it up to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera) to hold down the fort as he takes a drunken bite out of life. Unofficial matriarch Fiona is fiercely determined to keep her dysfunctional family happy and whole, even if it means sacrificing her own personal needs. Needless to say, a half-dozen kids means a half-dozen unique sets of circumstances (and at least as many storylines)!
In Season Two of Shameless, »
Rock of Ages, spawned from the Broadway production, carries us along through what is ultimately the same old story, just with a lot more hair. It has an impressive cast, and showcases them as much as possible, but the heart of the matter boils down to a young woman who wants to make it to the big time. As with nearly all such stories, our heroine, Sherrie (Julianne Hough), has her luggage stolen at just the right place and at just the right time. This naturally translates into a great excuse for her to meet Drew (Diego Boneta), who works at the coolest rock bar there ever was, and is in good with the owner, Dennis (Alec Baldwin).
The pair begin falling for each other, all while a complex web of movements aimed at keeping said bar open whirl around them, but things are never that simple. We need a »
- Marc Eastman
With Nate Parker (Red Tails) reportedly exiting Spike Lee's Oldboy remake due to scheduling conflicts (with Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson), the director has turned to a familiar collaborator in James Ransone (Sinister). Oldboy will mark the third time the duo have worked together, following Lee's Inside Man and Red Hook Summer. Currently filming, Oldboy also stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copely. Variety reports that Ransone will play a doctor who works with Olsen's character in the remake of Chan-wook Park's revenge thriller, a story that centers on a man (Brolin) who escapes from a decade of imprisonment and goes in search of his kidnappers. Ransone can next be seen in Broken City, along with Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg. For news on John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer) joining Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the action-comedy, Ride Along, hit the jump. Heat Vision »
- Dave Trumbore
To celebrate the release of “Rock of Ages”, released 8th October on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download, we have five copies of the film to giveaway on Blu-ray!
From acclaimed director Adam Shankman (Hairspray), the hilarious and fun “Rock of Ages” follows small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. The musical comedy stars Julianne Hough (Burlesque) as Sherrie and actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut as Drew.
Sharing the journey with Sherrie and Drew is an all-star cast including Russell Brand (Arthur, Get Him to the Greek), Academy Award® nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man), Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago), Malin Akerman (The Proposal), R&B queen Mary J. Blige and multiple Emmy®-winner Bryan Cranston (TV’s Breaking Bad, The Lincoln Lawyer), with Academy Award® nominees Alec Baldwin (The Cooler) and Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible »
- Matt Holmes
A Spanish creature feature looms on the horizon! Freestyle Digital Media has gotten the rights to Amphibious, a Piranha-esque horror comedy from filmmakers who have worked on Beyond Re-animator and burgeoning cult classic Iron Sky. For the press release on the insidious amphibian, read on, and prepare yourself for more coverage down the line, with an October 9th VOD release!
Los Angeles, CA (September 27, 2012)
Freestyle Digital Media has acquired all North American rights to Amphibious, a tongue-in-cheek creature feature directed by Brian Yuzna (“Beyond Re-Animator”). The film, which was produced by Yuzna and San Fu Maltha (“Iron Sky,” “Black Book”), and stars Michael Paré (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Janna Fassaert (“Couple’s Retreat”) and Verdi Solaiman (“The Raid: Redemption”), is slated for VOD and multiple platform release on October 9th with a DVD release to follow shortly after.
Amphibious: Creature Of The Deep tells the tale of a marine biologist, Skylar »
- Andy Greene
Lynne Ramsay, the director behind last year’s dark, twisted film We Need to Talk About Kevin, which deals with the relationship between a mother and her psychopath son, is on board to direct a science-fiction project loosely based on Herman Melville’s also dark and twisted 1851 classic novel Moby Dick.
Besides Ramsay at the helm, with her Kevin co-writer Rory Kinnear also penning the script, the project, titled Mobius, is being financed and produced by Scott Steindorff and his company Scott Pictures, with Ramsay co-producing, Scott Pictures and Ramsay’s agent confirmed to EW. Scott Pictures is also »
- Solvej Schou
HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that the feature "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck, will receive the "Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award." "We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of "Argo," for their dramatic and outstanding performances," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor director David O. Russell with the "Hollywood Director Award"; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award"; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the "Hollywood Actress Award"; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the "Hollywood Supporting Actress Award"; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the "Hollywood Producers Award"; writer/director Judd Apatow with the "Hollywood Comedy Award"; actor John Hawkes with the "Hollywood Breakout Performance Award" for "The Sessions"; and Quvenzhané Wallis »
- Josh Abraham
We have the latest indie horror news sent our way in this weekend’s edition of the Indie Spotlight. Continue reading to learn about The Collection at Screamfest, I Didn’t Come Here to Die‘s theater release, a photo shoot from Umbrella Corp. Denver, and more:
The Collection Opens Screamfest: “Screamfest® kicks off its 12th annual festival on Friday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. with the opening night horror The Collection, directed by Marcus Dunstan (writer of Saw IV, V, VI and Saw 3D: The Final Chapter). Screamfest®, the preeminent horror festival in the country, and what the La Weekly calls “the best place to get a jump on tomorrow’s cult hits” presents the festival in Los Angeles on October 12 through October 21 at La Live Regal Cinemas (1000 West Olympic Blvd., La, CA).
- Jonathan James
It's been a little over a month since we last reported that Brian Yuzna’s Amphibious: Creature of the Deep was hitting DVD this fall. And while you'll still be able to catch the giant sea scorpion flick this October, you'll have to do it via the digital platform of your choice.
Marine biologist Skylar Shane hires an expert charter boat captain, Jack Bowman, to help her find prehistoric life form samples in the north Sumatran Sea. During the expedition they meet a gang of smugglers headquartered on a fishing platform in the middle of the sea with a young orphan boy among them who begs Skylar to take him away. She is determined to help him, not knowing what lurks beneath the dark inky water, waiting to surface.
- Masked Slasher
The film, which was produced by Yuzna and San Fu Maltha (Iron Sky, Black Book), and stars Michael Paré (The Lincoln Lawyer), Janna Fassaert (Couple’s Retreat) and Verdi Solaiman (The Raid: Redemption), is slated for VOD and multiple platform release on October 9th with a DVD release to follow shortly after.
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Listen, we know that songs are never just used once, and popular tunes can be utilized across any number of films. And if we're going to get technical about this whole thing, Kavinsky & Lovefoxx's "Nightcall" actually featured on "The Lincoln Lawyer" soundtrack before it became massive with "Drive" (though music supervisor Eric Craig worked on both films). But it's undeniable that Nicolas Winding Refn's film was one of the big soundtrack stories of 2011, spawning a "Drive" tour with the bands this spring, and a vinyl reissue of the album this summer, so this move by whoever is working on "Taken 2" feels a bit lazy. As Bryan Mills works his way across Istanbul kicking ass, you will be hearing at some point "A Real Hero" by College & Electric Youth and "Tick Of The Clock" by Chromatics, two of the centerpiece songs from "Drive." Considering that "Taken 2" only has a. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chicago – The cop movie, an ongoing and speculative genre in both film and television, gets a welcome makeover in Director David Ayer’s “End of Watch.” This human story involves the lives of two Los Angeles police partners, and the street war that threaten to take those lives. Michael Peña turns in a soulful performance as one of those partners.
Following the path that Officers Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Peña) take as they patrol the South Central streets in L.A., is to see the America that imminently could spin out of control. The film is a stark depiction of the “thin blue line” between safety and anarchy, plus the arsenal that is being built up against even the so-called “decent” law enforcers. Gyllenhaal and Peña create some deep mortality under the badges, flaws and all, and turn in some defining performances.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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