5 items from 2015
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Vice," is available now On Demand.] Bruce Willis is both one of the great movie stars of the modern era and one of the most exasperating. Effortlessly charismatic when he gives a damn and utterly boring when he chooses to sleepwalk, he's appeared in as many bad movies as good ones. But when Willis lends himself to indie productions, he often seems energized even when he's only in the film very briefly. These are Willis' best indie performances (note: while he's great in "Looper" and "12 Monkeys," Indiewire felt that the mix of studio backing and fair-sized budgets disqualified both from consideration). "The Player" (1992) – Himself Willis is one of the many stars who make brief cameos in Robert Altman's Hollywood-skewering classic, and he probably only has a minute or two of screen time in »
- Max O'Connell
Exclusive: Cult filmmakers and familiar genre faces have answered the call of horror anthology Tales of Halloween, the spooky project from Epic Pictures Group helmed by Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, and nine more directors. As seen in the exclusive peek above, the anthology has cast Rocky Horror Picture Show icon Barry Bostwick as well as horror staple Lin Shaye and Heroes’ Greg Grunberg, while the likes of Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adam Green are expected to stop in for cameos.
More next-gen genre actors have joined the project, including Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows), Noah Segan (Looper), Pollyannna McIntosh (The Woman), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Kristina Klebe (Halloween), Marc Senter (The Devil’s Carnival), Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead), Grace Phipps (Dark Summer), Sam Witwer (Being Human »
- Jen Yamato
Tales of Halloween, which is coming to theaters this October, is a horror anthology that weaves ten scary stories together all with the holiday as a shared theme. The movie takes place over the course of one night, and features quite a few horror tropes, including monsters, aliens and slashers. The project, which is coming from Epic Pictures Group, has lined up an impressive ensemble of horror legends.
Joining the cast are The Rocky Horror Picture Show star Barry Bostwick, Insidious franchise mainstay Lin Shaye and Heroes cast member Greg Grunberg. Horror directors stopping by for a cameo include Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adam Green.
The cast also includes other horror notables such as Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows), Noah Segan (Looper), Pollyannna McIntosh (The Woman), James Duval (Donnie Darko »
It's increasingly rare to see Bruce Willis act like a professional and give a quality performance regardless of the material (of his last 12 films, his only worthwhile work was in Looper and Moonrise Kingdom), but perhaps he'll show his acting talent in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Bandits. Not to be confused with the forgettable 2001 Barry Levinson film of the same name, Willis optioned the black comedy when it was published in 1987, but the rights lapsed and were picked up by Quentin Tarantino along with the rights to three other Leonard novels. Tarantino only ended up adapting Rum Punch (into Jackie Brown), and now the rights are back in Willis' hands, who will produce the picture in addition to starring. He's also getting his Rock the Kasbah director Mitch Glazer to pen the screenplay. Hit the jump for more. If complex Elmore Leonard storylines are your bag, Bandits will likely have you covered. »
- Matt Goldberg
Adjustment Bureau: The Spierig Bros. Resuscitate Heinlein’s Dime Store Sci-Fi
Though it gets off to an idle, clunky start, the Spierig Bros, an Australian directing duo, rifle through the catalogue of vintage science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein as inspiration for their third feature, Predestination. Premiering at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, the title is unfortunately being dumped in the undesirable January period for its theatrical release, connoting that the film doesn’t have much to offer. Perhaps more ambitious than its means, it’s a film that manages to intrigue and engross with a narrative that virtually creates the odor of the musty, yellowed pages of the writing style it’s been borrowed from. While some may have a problem with the treatment of certain subject elements, dated precariously from a less enlightened period, the Spierigs, if nothing else, capture a certain nostalgic energy for this material, like an insect trapped in amber. »
- Nicholas Bell
5 items from 2015
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