7 items from 2016
You watch enough hero-backed-into-a-corner action films like Crank, Taken, or The Equalizer and you start to find your mind drifting away from the sheer monotony of their progression. Their characters are built to survive these situations no matter how dire because people want to see the good guy win. They want to see him risk everything, travel in the murky areas of morality, and be the badass society doesn’t allow them to be, but that ultimate victory is key because escapism only works when your surrogate onscreen walks away. How else could there be a sequel? But what happens when a Joe Schmo is thrust into proving his mettle through the same type of scenario? What would those films look like through a Shaun of the Dead filter?
- Jared Mobarak
Netflix’s ever-expanding slate of original movies continues to grow with “Xoxo,” the story of six strangers whose lives intersect at at an electronic-music festival. (Timely!) With Dylan Meyer and Christopher Louie already announced as writer and director, respectively, the Edm drama has just tapped Pete Tong to oversee the music lest the bass not get dropped properly. Where was he when “We Are Your Friends” needed him?
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A multi-multi-hyphenate — DJ, artist, BBC1 radio host, founder of the Ffrr record label, executive, co-founder of the International Music Summit, MBE — Tong is also co-producing “Xoxo.” His previous credits in capacity of music supervisor include “Harry Brown,” “The Beach,” “24 Hour Party People” and “It’s All Gone Pete Tong.”
- Michael Nordine
This beautifully photographed film is a slow burner about two sisters who come into traumatic conflict with two renegade Union soldiers
Daniel Barber is the British film-maker who directed the urban thriller Harry Brown in 2009, with Michael Caine as a pensioner who takes on local thugs. His latest film (from 2014, getting a belated UK release) is a siege drama set towards the bitter end of the American civil war, written for the screen by the smart first-timer Julia Hart. Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld play two sisters in the south, Augusta and Louise, whose menfolk have all been killed; they live with their slave, Mad – a very good performance from Muna Otaru. These women are to come into traumatic conflict with two renegade Union soldiers, Moses (Sam Worthington) and Henry (Kyle Soller), crazed and bored with the horror of war. This is an intriguing slow burner of a film, whose pace sometimes decelerates to an almost Bergmanesque adagio: it’s beautifully photographed by the German cinematographer Martin Ruhe. However, I felt it didn’t come fully to dramatic life, and nothing in it quite lived up to its fascinating and shocking opening. Its two most charismatic performers, Otaru and Steinfeld, are the ones with the least to do. A serious and absorbing piece of work, nonetheless.
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- Peter Bradshaw
A new TV spot has been released for The Purge: Election Year, an upcoming flick from Universal Pictures. Also in this round-up: release details for Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Raising Cain and a trailer for Blood Money.
The Purge: Election Year: “Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.
It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. »
- Tamika Jones
Inspired by the 1982 slasher directed by Juan Piquer Simón, the Pieces shirts from Fright Rags are back and available to order now. Also: details on the new add-ons for Fallout 4, release info for Horror Movie A Day: The Book, a Road Games trailer, new Fox Trap images, and Indiegogo details for Still.
Available in Guys (S-5X), Girls (S-2X) and Hoodies (S-3X). Art by Justin Osbourn.
Shop Now! : https://www.fright-rags.com/collections/pieces”
Fallout 4 Add-Ons: Press Release: "Since Fallout 4 launched, we’ve been blown away by your support for the game. It stands as our most successful title ever and that couldn’t have happened without you. It’s been truly inspiring, the stories, images, and experiences that you’ve created. And »
- Tamika Jones
Spanish TV writers Cristobal Garrido and Adolfo Valor, known for high-concept English-language sci-fi drama “The Refugees,” and Belgian scribe Thomas Gunzig, who co-penned Jaco Van Dormael’s standout black comedy “The Brand new Testament,” have signed with Los Angeles-based Elsewhere Works.
The recently launched talent agency works with European writers and directors and represents them on the U.S. market.
“The Refugees,” which was co-produced by BBC Worldwide and Atresmedia, is about the impact on a small rural community of millions of refugees travelling back in time from the future travel to seek shelter in the present. Skein recently aired on laSexta in Spain and was nominated for Best European Series at the prestigious Prix Europa.
Gunzig (pictured) is considered instrumental to the success of wacky “The Brand New Testament, »
- Nick Vivarelli
London — London-based Starline Entertainment has teamed up with Nice One Film on thriller “Henry,” the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Gary Young, best known for revenge thriller “Harry Brown,” in which Michael Caine earned plaudits playing a gun-toting retiree.
“Henry” centers on the son of a ruthless assassin desperately trying to escape his destiny. Young describes the movie as “a stylish, modern-day film noir that deals with the existentialist themes of nature and nurture.”
The film is produced by Shantelle Rochester-Henry (“The Rise of the Krays”) and Nancy Bressolles (“London Heist”) for Nice One Film, in association with Jordan Barker (“Torment”) and Borga Dorter (“The Waiting Room”) of Toronto-based Gearshift Films. Filming is earmarked for September.
Starline, which will be selling world rights, will be working closely with Nice One and Gearshift to develop and package the project for the international market.
Starline’s partner and director of acquisitions, Piers Nightingale, »
- Leo Barraclough
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