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This week's entry of New To Netflix continues with more time travel. Cinema itself is kind of a time machine, so watch as I contort this notion. Transporting us back to a time and place, or at least an idea of such. Peter Chan's sumptuous Dragon (aka Wu Xia) uses time to visualize an investigator's thoughts on constructing past events. Steven Spielberg's Munich looks back at a particular moral conundrum in 1973. Jack Hill's Coffy offers the perfect fantasia of Blaxploitation in the same year. Robert Zemeckis' Back To The Future threatens incest (but remains light and charming) in a quaint notion of both the 1950s - and of the 1980s for that matter. Cloud Atlas says there is not much difference across the whole of human...
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Amazon always has a crazy amount of deals during the holiday season and this year is no different. While I usually focus on DVDs and Blu-rays, since they also have some fantastic deals on video games and electronics, I’ve also linked those. Like all Amazon deals, prices constantly change, so don’t take too long to decide. Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Deluxe Limited Edition (Amazon Exclusive Season 4 Bonus Features) [Blu-ray] - $39.99 (60% off) Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Deluxe Limited Edition (Amazon Exclusive Season 4 Bonus Features) - $36.99 (59% off) Up to 59% Off Boxed Sets Like Back to the Future Trilogy, Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy, Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series, Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection, The Bourne Trilogy, and More Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $7.99 (80% off) World War Z (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) – $7.99 (80% off) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy +UltraViolet) - $7.99 (80% off) Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
First there was the best....and now the comes the worst. While Mary Pols stoked internet fury last year by naming "Cloud Atlas" the top stinker of 2012, hardly anyone will argue with her choice this year: "Grown Ups 2." In fact, the rest of her list is pretty debate proof. From Ridley Scott's verbose and empty "The Counselor," to Sam Raimi's CGI-drenched "Oz The Great And Powerful" to worst three-quel ever "The Hangover Part III," these were undeniably all pretty awful movies. Perhaps the biggest bone of contention will be Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" ranking in there. Divisive? Certainly. But one of the year's worst? Surely, "The Smurfs 2" could've been slotted instead? Anyway, take a look below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Full commentary on each choice over at Time. Time Magazine Worst Movies of 2013 10. The Hangover Part III »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ah, Time magazine... the once venerable publication that might actually name Miley Cyrus as their Person Of The Year (she's currently leading online voting). Last year, the mag angered certain corners of the internet by declaring "Cloud Atlas" as their worst film of 2012, while their mostly decent top ten also included "Frankenweenie." And this year, critic Richard Corliss has increased the oddball choices. While expected stuff like "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "The Act Of Killing" make the cut, some truly head-scratching choices like "Fast & Furious 6" (featuring "the poetic limning of the closest camaraderie many men can ever know: with their cars"—what?), "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug" ("a teeming ingenuity of action and character") also elbowed their way in. Huh. Tastes vary we suppose. Check out the full list and commentary below. [Indiewire] Richard Corliss' Best Movies of 2013 1. Gravity. "In depicting the fearful, beautiful reality of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amazon always has a crazy amount of deals on Cyber Monday and this year is no different. While I usually focus on DVDs and Blu-rays, since they also have some fantastic deals on video games, headphones, and electronics, I've also linked those. Like all Amazon deals, prices constantly change, so don't take too long to decide. $50 Off Kindle Fire Hdx PS3 Games 40% Off Xbox 360 Games 40% Off Headphones 50% Off Cyber Monday Deals in Electronics Top Holiday Deals in Electronics Cyber Monday Deals in Laptops Top Holiday Deals in TV, Video All Cyber Monday Amazon deals, with low prices and sales on electronics, video games, DVDs, and more Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $7.99 (80% off) World War Z (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) – $7.99 (80% off) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy +UltraViolet) - $7.99 (80% off) Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy Combo Pack) - $8.96 (75% off) Battlestar Galactica: The Complete »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The final day of Amazon.com's holiday sales, and arguably the biggest after Black Friday, is here. Cyber Monday offers the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
As usual the 'Hot Daily Deals' section points out the must-see biggest bargains to be had today - the kind that sell out quickly so keep an eye on it. This is your last chance to nab a bargain, it all goes back to normal prices tomorrow.
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:
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- Garth Franklin
This is where we start a war. We'll lose friends, and cause controversy. Because somewhere on this list below is something you're dying to see. In fact, you might be fanatical about some of these inclusions (Christopher Nolan fans, we're staring straight at you). But it's inevitable. And unavoidable. Hollywood is releasing hundreds of movies in 2014. Some of them will be good. Some of them will be bad. And some will be box office disasters. In compiling this list, we're not declaring that all, or even any, of these movies will be unwatchable. Some will be quite good. Maybe even a masterpiece or a classic in the making. There are a few that we're desperate to see ourselves. We really want them to succeed. But every movie here is a risk taker. And some of this shit? Hollywood should clearly know better. These are the 14 Biggest Potential Bombs of 2014.
You may have noticed that we’ve gone a little review-happy over the past few days here at SciFi Mafia; there are two reasons for that, and they’re both good. One, we’ve been getting a lot of great things to review as the holidays approach, and two, we wanted to get these reviews posted for you before the Big Shopping Onslaught begins.
In fact, we’ve gathered the reviews for the year all together for you in an easy reference list below that we are calling the SciFiMafia.com Shop From Your Recliner Blu-ray/DVD, Soundtrack, and Book Gift Guide 2013. It’s a list of links to all of the movie and TV Blu-rays, DVDs, and soundtracks, and books we reviewed this year, followed by the star rating. Click on the link and you’ll see the review, and at the bottom of the review is an Amazon ordering link. »
- Erin Willard
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Filth, a pitch black comedy based on the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting). Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Last King of Scotland) leads a stellar ensemble cast, including Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac, Snowpiercer), Imogen Poots (A Late Quartet), Eddie Marsan ("Ray Donovan"), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina, Trainspotting) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas, The Iron Lady). Filth was written and directed by Jon S. Baird, who also produced through his Logie Pictures banner with Ken Marshall for Steel Mill Pictures, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray for Maven Pictures, James McAvoy, Christian Angermayer and Jens Meurer for Film House Germany, Mark Amin and Will Clarke.
Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Filth , a black comedy based on the novel by Irvine Welsh ( Trainspotting ). Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy ( X-Men: First Class , The Last King of Scotland ) leads an ensemble cast that also includes Jamie Bell ( Nymphomaniac , Snowpiercer ), Imogen Poots ( A Late Quartet ), Eddie Marsan (.Ray Donovan.), Shirley Henderson ( Anna Karenina , Trainspotting ) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent ( Cloud Atlas , The Iron Lady ). Filth currently ranks as the year's second highest-grossing R-rated film in the UK and it has garnered British Independent Film Award nominations for James McAvoy (Best Actor), Jon S. Baird (Best Director), Shirley Henderson (Best Supporting Actress), Eddie Marsan (Best »
Martin Sheen will star in The Whale, a two-hour film from BBC Factual Productions and Animal Planet that’s set to premiere in December on BBC 1 and in summer 2014 on Animal Planet. Based on true events, Sheen portrays Old Thomas Nickerson, who served as cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship the Essex. The two-hour drama is inspired by real-life accounts of the ship’s sinking; those accounts are said to have inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The Whale is written by Terry Cafolla (Holy Cross, Messiah). Filming took place on location in Malta this past spring and wrapped up outside of London last summer. Sheen, repped by ICM Partners, leads the cast as the elder Nickerson with Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood, The Street) as First Mate Owen Chase; Adam Rayner (The Hunted) as Captain Pollard; Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones, Stella) as Joy; David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Title: Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury Director: Luiz Bolognesi If American animation has, in aggregate, been a bit underwhelming this year, a stirring reminder of the medium’s possibilities arrives in the striking “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury,” a love story spanning six centuries. Directed by Luiz Bolognesi, the film – not unlike “Cloud Atlas” or “The Fountain,” to name but a couple recent high-profile films which touch upon themes of loss and reincarnation — marries a moody and evocative rumination on human frailty with animation possessing an uncommon lyricism and beauty. Winner of the Best Feature prize at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, “Rio 2096″ [ Read More ]
The post Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Last year, when Tom Hanks was just gearing up to play Walt Disney for the new film "Saving Mr. Banks," I sat down to talk to him about "Cloud Atlas," which was just coming out. He did a ton of press for that film, no doubt because he knew just how hard it was going to be to sell to anyone, and he seemed enormously proud of the picture in every conversation about it. That's not to say he's any less proud of "Saving Mr. Banks" or "Captain Phillips," the two films he has in release this fall, and I have »
- Drew McWeeny
Next month, John Lee Hancock’s (The Blind Side) Saving Mr. Banks will open in theaters. Based on the true story, the pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two when she finally came to Hollywood. Loaded with great performances, a strong script, and the first time Walt Disney has been portrayed on screen, Banks is a likely contender for this year's award season. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell. At the recent Los Angeles press day, only a few other reporters and I had an intimate thirty-minute roundtable interview with Hanks. While I've been running Collider for over eight years, this was the first time I'd gotten »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Christopher Nolan isn't exactly an unambitious filmmaker. His latest, Interstellar, is currently filming and today a picture has revealed that not only will the film be shot mainly in IMAX, but he has attached the camera to the nose of a ruddy Learjet. We're well aware that his previous films have used IMAX in a way that no other film has used it but this is taking the biscuit. A member of the VFX team on Interstellar tweeted the photo the incredibly quickly removed the photo....
It's a surprise that Nolan even allows phones on set with the director being famously secretive on all his projects. Very little is known about Interstellar and the less I know, the more excited I get. Starring is Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley »
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
"That looks kind of like 'Cloud Atlas'" is a comment that can be taken as a horrible insult or a gratifying compliment, and either way it can certainly be said of the new trailer for "Winter's Tale." The romantic drama stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe and is in no way, shape, or form based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. (Instead, it's based on a marginally popular 1983 fantasy novel by American novelist and outspoken rightwing nut job Mark Helprin.) Depending on your disposition, this could look like an amazingly romantic romp (it's even coming out on Valentine's Day) or utter balderdash.
The plot, as much as we can glean from the trailer, is at first set in the early 20th century and concerns a small time criminal (Colin Farrell) who falls in love with the dying young woman whose home he has »
- Drew Taylor
Hollywood required to provide scripts that enhance Chinese culture in order to find favour with authorities controlling movie production
• China confirmed as world's largest film market outside Us
• Top Chinese film-maker says country's censors are 'ridiculous'
A senior figure in the Chinese film industry outlined the conditions it is setting for Hollywood to gain access to its lucrative box-office revenues, central among which is more "positive images" of the country and its culture.
Speaking at the Us/China Film Summit, held in La on the eve of the American Film Market convention, China Film Co-Production Company president (Cfcc) Zhang Xun told Hollywood executives: "We have a huge market and we want to share it with you [but] we want films that are heavily invested in Chinese culture, not one or two shots ... We want to see positive Chinese images."
The Cfcc is a particularly influential agency as it selects Us productions »
- Andrew Pulver
With two unforgettable trailers out, The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the year's most anticipated movies, and it's also one of the longest. The Martin Scorsese drama clocks in at two hours and 45 minutes, a lengthy runtime even for the most diehard movie buffs. We're no stranger to long movies, and this got us thinking about other crazy-long films, many of which seem to feature one Leonardo DiCaprio. Here's how some films stack up against The Wolf of Wall Street's runtime and some activities that put their lengths into perspective. Titanic: 3 hours, 4 minutes (19 minutes longer than The Wolf of Wall Street) How bad are your teeth? Because this is the time it takes to get four root canals. Cloud Atlas: 2 hours, 52 minutes (7 minutes longer than The Wolf of Wall Street) You could watch four episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix and still have four minutes »
- Maggie Pehanick
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
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