13 items from 2014
Stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first movie, love Chris Evans, love the Avengers series
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I saw an ad on British TV last Friday night — it came, perhaps unsurprisingly, during a break in the broadcast of the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — in which Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury helped British ISP Sky Broadband cheer on its new automatic censoring filters… the ones that new customers have to opt-out of if they don’t want them, and that have been found to block legitimate sites, including those offering rape counseling, sex education, and legal file sharing. (You can watch that ad here.) Is S.H.I.E.L.D. pro-censorship now? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
For his last film Matthew Spradlin combined The Breakfast Club with a slasher in Bad Kids Go to Hell. The cool thing? It actually worked! On tap right now is the trailer premiere for his latest project, a short called The Social Contract! Dig it!
From the Press Release
Integrated Arts & Media and Emr Media have finally unleashed the highly anticipated first trailer to support their latest production, The Social Contract, directed by Matthew Spradlin (Bad Kids Go to Hell), written by award-winning writer Carlito Rodriguez (The Tony Story), and starring Dominican Republic actress Katherine Castro (El Gallo).
The drama thriller, co-starring Patricia Rae (The Big Wedding), Phillip DeVona (Ride Along), Hector Hank (The Iceman), and the youngest cast member at six years old, child actor Alexander James Rodriguez (All Stars), The Social Contract is a fast-paced action thriller following "The Woman’s" (Katherine Castro) dark and violent past until »
- Uncle Creepy
David Goyer is producing the futuristic female driven thriller which is in the vein of “Minority Report” and “Inception.” In the pic, Somacell imagines a near future where violent criminals can be rehabilitated using technology that allows counselor to enter prisoners’ memories and influence them to change their actions. When one counselor starts to believe her patient is innocent, she unravels a terrifying conspiracy and maybe even her own reality.
He is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
- Justin Kroll
It's been a while since we've seen or heard anything about the testosterone-filled action sequel The Expendables 3, but thanks to Manly Movie we've got a few new photos from the set of the film featuring Mel Gibson's bad guy Conrad Stonebanks and Sylvester Stallone's Barney Ross...
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes »
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Five-film deal is led by an upcoming project from Ariel Vromen.
“We’re looking forward to working with Fortitude as they are an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking and talent-friendly company,” said Rister. “We believe the future of independent film and television depends on forging strategic and complimentary relationships like this, and we couldn’t be happier to be in business with Nadine, Daniel »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Dark gothic cityscape, an accordion, a mime, this is most definitely Paris. The teaser trailer for Fear Paris, a horror anthology from directorial trio Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Hitman) and TimoVuorensola (Iron Sky). Based on this teaser, which isn’t actually of footage from the film as that is yet to start shooting, the film has the potential to be phenomenal. The trailer below presents us with a short story in and of itself as we see a group of mimes, with the ability to use their powers to create invisible weapons, go in search of their lost tongues. That in itself is a wonderful premise, and the aesthetics are very engaging.
Here’s the official press release:
The producers behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Iceman join forces on the genre bending Fear Paris, an ambitious new film of unique interconnected stories exploring the dark underbelly of the city of lights. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Press Release via /Film: “The producers behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Iceman join forces on the genre bending Fear Paris, an ambitious new film of unique interconnected stories exploring the dark underbelly of the city of lights.
Helmed by directors Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Hole), Xavier Gens (Hitman), and Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky), the genre bending and connected stories will present a Paris unlike anything seen before, in a combination of fantasy, horror and science fiction. Casting is under way as the film will go into production this Summer/Fall. Two additional directors will join the line up soon.
- Jonathan James
After movies like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, I’m all for horror anthologies abiding by a particular theme. There’s something inherently fun about such a cornucopia of treats, as different directors populate one single film with so many distinctive styles and traits – as long as the segments set the stage for such fun. I’ll always give a horror anthology a try, from Chillerama to The Theatre Bizarre, which is why I’m happy to say we’ve got an exciting anthology coming our way with Fear Paris.
Newly announced, Fear Paris will join the likes of Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Hitman/Frontier(s)), and Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky), as they explore the horrific underworld of France’s iconic capital city. Here’s the full press release, accompanied by a tonal teaser below:
- Matt Donato
BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy (Inception; upcoming Transcendence; as well as Ron Howard’s Heart Of The Sea), joins Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, and soon to be seen in Jurassic World) to top line the film.
The Free World is the story of Mohamed “Mo” Lundy (Murphy), a man attempting to adjust to civilian life after a brutal 20-year stretch in prison for crimes he did not commit. His world collides with Doris Lamb (Howard), a tragic and mysterious woman with a violent past, for whom he will come to risk everything, including his new found freedom.
- Michelle McCue
Actor and writer Lew previously wrote the screenplay for Gus Van Sant’s Restless, about the relationship between a terminally ill girl and a boy obsessed with death, which opened Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2011.
Irish actor Cillian Murphy, soon to be seen in Transcendence and Ron Howard’s Heart of the Sea, is set to co-star opposite Bryce Dallas Howard in the thriller. Howard’s upcoming credits include Jurassic World.
Murphy will play Mohamed “Mo” Lundy, a man trying to re-adjust to civilian life after a brutal 20-year stretch for crimes he did not commit.
His world collides with Doris Lamb (Howard), a mysterious woman with a violent past. Mo will do anything for this woman include risking his newfound freedom.
The film is »
The Sundance Premieres section is “A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year.”
Written and directed by Jake Paltrow
It’s always a mix of delight, discomfort, and teeth-grinding tension when Michael Shannon (Bug, Take Shelter, The Iceman) takes center stage. His exacting performances often subtly build upon instability and transfix the audience as a countdown to imminent emotional combustion begins. This sci-fi drama by Jake Paltrow (The Good Night) is set to showcase Shannon and rely on his strong air of deeply held convictions to boldly deliver the film’s gritty premise of humanity’s struggle in a future deprived of water. The rest of the acting ensemble are coming of age as promising talents that may complement Shannon’s gravitas. Elle Fanning shined in Ginger & Rosa while »
- Lane Scarberry
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, and BBC iPlayer.
new to stream
Die Hard with a Vengeance: Bruce Willis, his headache, and Samuel L. Jackson versus Jeremy Irons, all around New York City [my review] [at Netflix] Tangled: Disney’s lovely, charming, hugely entertaining spin on Rapunzel, all animated gorgeousness and authentic emotion [my review] [at Netflix] The 13th Warrior: an enthralling historical action adventure, gruesome and intense, beautifully mythic visual storytelling [my review] [at Netflix] The Iceman: underbaked mobster drama is redeemed — just barely — by excellent performances from Michael Shannon, James Franco, and Chris Evans [my review] [at Netflix] A Late Quartet: powerfully engaging performances keep us caught up in the emotional upheaval even when it feels a little trite [my review] [at Netflix] Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: pure cinematic junk food, with piracy finally Disneyfied in a way the previous films hadn’t quite done, but still good »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Man is there a lot of new content on streaming services this week. There are literally hundreds of new titles available for your viewing pleasure, I couldn’t possibly have written about all of it because I would be writing into next week! Just know that there is something there for everyone whether your bag is comedy, drama, action or horror.
Most impressively this week, Netflix have stepped up to the plate and unleashed a full load of good stuff. They have also announced that they are going to add an audio commentary to their original show House of Cards, which can only be good news for those holding on to their physical media love and may mean that this most valuable of DVD extras is not going away but will instead be reborn in a different guise.
This week’s new titles are as follows:
- Chris Holt
13 items from 2014
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