15 items from 2013
Forget the poster, the trailer and the two-minute teaser; our first impression of a film arrives in the opening sequence. We should be hooked as soon as the studio logo begins to fade away. Any two-bit flick can simply roll out the cast list and hope we stick around to see them all, but it takes something truly spectacular to grab our attention from the get-go. For example, the use of crawl text did wonders for a little-known Seventies space opera; and now it’s the quickest way to parody one of the most famous and successful films of all time.
Of course, there are thousands of films whose opening sequences are as fine as their feature (Run Lola Run, Delicatessen and Enter the Void to name but three) but this article aims to shine a torch onto those where the disparity between the first five minutes and the remaining »
- Dan Wakefield
Direct to video films have long been a ghetto where low rent productions and long forgotten c-list stars were forced to reside. Recently however a shift in momentum has begun to occur and something strange is happening, some of these films are actually quite good. Now don’t confuse direct to video films with the video on demand platform that is quickly becoming the go to distribution model for indie films. Direct to video productions do not have star-studded casts (at least in a ‘mainstream’ sense) nor do they much fanfare surrounding them. What they do have is freedom.
Director John Hyams quickly understood the freedom and malleability that direct to video presents and has gone about creating some incredibly interesting genre fare. Hyams first two feature length films, Universal Soldier: Regeneration and Dragon Eyes, displayed an acute understanding of the action genre. Both films showcased his talent for utilizing space, »
- Nick Usen
Chicago – Already hailed as this generation’s “Fight Club,” Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” is a mesmerizing piece of satire, a journey into the dark side of teenage excess. And what’s a better symbol of excess than the ritual of spring break? But lest you think this is like MTV’s watered-down version of pop bands and bikini girls, Korine has something much more intense in store for you. With a pumping, brilliant score by Cliff Martinez (“Drive”) and Skrillex, an outstanding supporting performance from James Franco, and some of the most ridiculous behavior you’ll see on screen all year, “Spring Breakers” is thoroughly entertaining and kinda brilliant.
“Spring Breakers” lets viewers know what they’re in for immediately. There’s no warm-up as pounding dubstep music screams from the speakers (make sure your theater of choice plays it Loud) and Korine, with perfect cinematography from the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We have some good news for all you Spring Breakers fans who live in New York and Los Angeles today, but don't worry, we have something for the rest of you as well. A24 Films has announced that director Harmony Korine's indie comedy will debut in New York and L.A. March 15, before rolling out nationwide on March 22. We also have four new international posters showcasing stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson, and James Franco. Take a look at these colorful new images featuring the sun-kissed cast members living it up.
From visionary provocateur Harmony Korine comes a bold new vision of the seasonal American ritual known as spring break - the bacchanalia of bikinis, beach parties and beer bongs that draws hordes of college students to the Florida coast and elsewhere each year.
There are many sides to Elijah Wood's acting career. One is the Frodo in Lord Of The Rings side, another the Kevin in Sin City side. As you can probably tell from this exclusive poster below, Maniac is definitely in the latter category.Directed by P2 and Wrong Turn At Tahoe's Franck Khalfoun, it's a remake of the 1980 film of the same name, with Wood playing Frank Zito, a disturbed young man who becomes a ruthless serial killer until, that is, he meets Anna (Nora Arnezeder), and falls in a very strange form of love.The annoying thing about Frank's love is that it reveals itself in a rather disturbing and rather bloody way. Think... scalping, basically, and you're 100% there.To get a better look at the film, check out the very gory red band trailer below. As for the poster, designed by Sam Ashby, that's a much less red affair, »
"It was a real pleasure hanging around the set and watching Ray do his thing," Cave said.
"He is a master. What a great actor. And of course, working with my friend and collaborator John Hillcoat is always a blast."
The track is the second to be released from Push The Sky Away, the band's 15th studio album, which is available via Bad Seed Ltd from February 18.
The video was shot on location in London's East End last December.
Hillcoat also directed last year's Lawless, which was written by Cave.
The video for the band's previous single 'We No Who U R' »
After the success of last year's French horror anthology The Theatre Bizarre, the sequel The Theatre Bizarre 2: Grand Guignol is moving forward at Severin. Although no plot details have surfaced, Olivier Abbou, Xavier Gens (The Divide), Lucile Hadzihalilovic (Enter the Void), Pascal Laugier (Martyrs), Talal Selhami, Julien Maury (Inside), and Alexandre Bustillo (Livid) have been confirmed as directors. The studio has unveiled early promo art for this horror sequel, which you can take a look at below, along with a statement from Severin. Production is scheduled to begin later this year.
"After the critical success of the first Theatre Bizarre anthology, it felt only natural to follow up with another serving of more over-the-top, brutal, visionary, envelope-pushing tales. And this time, carte blanche was given to the creme de la creme of French directors, who were all very happy to take Grand Guignol back to its original birthplace."
Chicago – If a film were meant to be judged purely on the basis of its final shot, then Daniel Barnz’s “Won’t Back Down” would be an unqualified success. The image of a little girl finally learning to pronounce the word “hope” could’ve easily been a cheesy contrivance straight out of a Feldco commercial. Even on paper, the shot sounds downright silly.
The fact that it works so well is a testament to the strength of Roman Osin’s cinematography (which visually brings the picture full circle), the tender performance by Emily Alyn Lind (of “Enter the Void” fame) and editor Kristina Boden’s impeccably timed cut to black. Indeed, the shot is a small triumph, but it is regrettably preceded by a great many other shots that don’t work at all.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
This picture was a critical and financial flop that likely was further damaged »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
A very unnecessary quasi-supernatural romantic drama, this is the story of Charlie, an unhinged Chicagoan whose mother dies, then returns in spirit to tell him to go to Bucharest. On the plane, he meets a Romanian musician, who dies in his seat, resurrects, and tells him to take a gift to his daughter. Charlie finds the girl, Gabi, and duly falls in love with her. Although Gabi seems to reciprocate his affections, she is married to a violent psychopath, Nigel, which leads our twitchy hero on a dark journey into the Romanian underworld.
The fatal flaw here lies in the implausibility of the central love story. There's little chemistry between the principal actors, Shia Labeouf and Evan Rachel Wood, and it feels as if the makeup and hair departments have conspired to »
Despite my lifelong affinity for the action genre, I'd never encountered the Universal Soldier franchise. Somewhere in the back of my head I knew of its reputation as a Terminator rip-off, but it wasn't until I read Vern's “Action Movies Don't Have to Suck” piece for the Village Voice that I was intrigued enough to seek out John Hyams'& Universal Soldier: Regeneration and Day of Reckoning. Hyams' elegant staging and disarming sincerity offer a refreshing alternative to the action adventure comic book slop dished out to teenagers and poked at by indifferent adult audiences that an entire generation of studio execs have chosen to ignore. Despite their relatively tiny budgets, Hyams' Universal Soldier movies, along with his other fictional feature, Dragon Eyes, are exquisite examples of digital cinema and personal storytelling. Rightfully, these movies should be dime store thrill rides, and in the best possible sense they are. They're also equal parts melodrama, »
- Sara Freeman
Phoenix has announced its follow-up to 2009’s excellent Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which will be titled Bankrupt. The band’s announcement (via image) on its Facebook page also includes an epilepsy warning—and for good reason. The post links to the band’s website, currently featuring a video of the words “Phoenix Bankrupt” backed by Enter The Void-level intense flashing lights and accompanied by what might be music from the record. Don't say they didn't warn you. [via Pitchfork] »
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have unveiled new song 'Jubilee Street'. After last month's release of 'We No Who U R' the band have unveiled the latest song from their upcoming 15th studio album Push the Sky Away with a lyric video. The band last week unveiled the video for 'We No Who U R', directed Gaspar Noé (I Stand Alone, Irreversible and Enter The Void) "I love Gaspar's beautiful, haunting and thoughtful video," said Cave. 'We No Who U R' is available now as a digital download (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Kind of a bad ass team up. Enter the Void's Gasper Noé was hired to direct the video for Nick Cave's "We No Who U R". However, the outcome seems a little underwhelming. It's basically Cave's shadow walking around in the woods for 4 minutes, which actually would have been better for this song. Regardless, I think Cave is pretty f*cking fantastic. Not only are his own projects amazing, but he is a fantastic writer whether it's for film (The Proposition, Lawless), novels, or scores »
- Niki Stephens
With a title like "We No Who U R," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds insinuate there's a character who's trying to exercise some anonymity. The new music video for the track by director/writer/producer Gaspar Noe reveals that some people are impossible to know. Watch as the shadow-man makes his way through brush and forest, making you as much a ghost as he. Noe, if unfamiliar, is the man behind features like 2009's "Enter the Void" and 2002's "Irreversible." "We No Who U R" is off of Cave and his Seeds' "Push the Sky Away" out on Feb. 19. »
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have unveiled the music video for current single 'We No Who U R'. The clip has been directed by Argentine film director Gaspar Noé, who helmed movies I Stand Alone, Irreversible and Enter The Void. > Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: 'We No Who U R' - Single review "I love Gaspar's beautiful, haunting and thoughtful video," said Cave. The song is the lead track to be taken from the band's 15th studio album Push the Sky Away. 'We No Who U R' is available now as a digital (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
15 items from 2013
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