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The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
David Gordon Green is that rarest of directors - unpredictable and eclectic. He's directed gripping art-house dramas like his debut George Washington (2000), stoner comedies like Pineapple Express (2008) and the historical spoof Your Highness (2011) - which America's Salon Magazine somewhat hastily suggested might be the worst film ever made. In time, the latter may be remembered as a poor film made by one of America's true talents, a director who was once compared to Terrence Malick - who now seems to be inspiring others (see the films of Jeff Nichols and David Lowery). Wanting a change from broad comedy, he made the low-key but well-liked Prince Avalanche (2013) under the radar but now returns to his early form with Joe (2013), a Southern noir set in deepest darkest Mississippi.
- CineVue UK
Falling Skies is halfway through its fourth season, which saw a lot of changes from season 3, along with the addition of new showrunner David Eick. With the 2nd Mass separated after an Espheni attack, our ensemble cast found themselves in very different worlds from one another.
“In Tom’s world we were in darkness. Lexi’s world—it was light. It was almost like Munchkinland,” Eick said during the show’s Comic-Con panel. “In Anne’s world it was very gritty but stripped down.”
At Comic-Con, Eick and the show’s cast hinted at what’s to come on Falling Skies »
- Emily Rome
Sega announced today that the latest re-imagining of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Sonic Boom, will be coming to the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3Ds in November.
Scheduled for release on November 11 is Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, which is a Nintendo 3Ds title developed by Sanzaru Games, the team behind Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time. The following week will see the release of the Nintendo Wii U-exclusive Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. This effort marks the first release for developer Big Red Button Entertainment, a team that was founded by two ex-Naughty Dog employees in 2008.
Although both Sonic Boom titles will feature their own separate storylines, they will both tie into the forthcoming animated series based around the supersonic hedgehog, which is currently set to debut on the Cartoon Network later this year and is being crafted by the team at OuiDo! Entertainment.
While I remain skeptical of »
- Eric Hall
A genetic engineer tormented by the accidental death of his son resorts to cloning in “The Reconstruction of William Zero,” a basement mad-scientist movie from Dan Bush, one third of the team behind 2007’s “The Signal.” Cinematically speaking, this high-concept, low-budget sci-fi mind-bender falls into the same category as Shane Carruth’s shoestring marvel “Primer,” relying on creative ingenuity rather than elaborate effects to keep geek auds ensnared by its multi-layered mystery. But the more apt comparison seems to be with such literary classics as “The Invisible Man” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” in which tragedy strikes when mortals fool with Mother Nature.
Four years after backing over his son’s bicycle on the way to work, Next Corp scientist William Blakely (played by co-writer Conal Byrne) still hasn’t found a way to cope with the guilt of his negligence. After the accident, he abandoned his grieving wife, »
- Peter Debruge
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
You know Robert Lasardo; some of you just don't know you know him. If you're a fan of horror or action movies or television, you've seen Lasardo's work, probably multiple times. In the new movie Parlor, Lasardo is finally getting his chance to be the leading man and carry a film.
He recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about it.
Although Lasardo has over 100 acting credits on his resume that spans nearly three decades, he's never been the main character in a film.
"Parlor, the way it was written, with me in mind, represents a renaissance because I was introduced to something that, in the 28 years I've been in entertainment, I've never been introduced to before," Lasardo said. "To stare at 2000 words of dialogue that was written for me, to some extent, and channeled through the writers, Kenny Gage and Devon Downs, was at first a bit overwhelming, »
- Scott Hallam
"Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson will be taking a break from that blockbuster life to reunite with his "Sinister" collaborator C. Robert Cargill for some spooky sci-fi goodness in "The Outer Limits."
The dynamic duo will be taking a crack at adapting one episode of the creepy '60s TV series, "Demon With a Glass Hand" by Harlan Ellison. On the show, Robert Culp plays a man who wakes up with a crazy computerized hand and no memory of his life, aside from the past 10 days. There are aliens and time travel and all sorts of crazy stuff, and it sounds like Ellison's original vision for the story was much larger than what "The Outer Limits" could afford, so it will be cool to see how the filmmakers play with Ellison's screenplay.
Ellison, a fantastic (and fantastically prolific) author, wrote a ton of scripts for TV, with credits on "Star Trek, »
- Jenni Miller
Ballistic #5 (Black Mask): It’s over. Sniffle. But Adam Egypt Mortimer and Darick Robertson’s Ballistic goes out with multiple bangs, as Gennie morphs into a new super-being, Butch and his Gun ride a skeletal catbus, and our ultimate villain is actually a conglomeration of many heads (gene sequences, natch). The most satisfying bit is that the cast and the comic itself both acknowledge that the talking gun has become the star—who can resist lines like “I have the urge to go fullmetal flamethrower!”—by giving it the autonomy to pull its own trigger and explode the face of a villain without Butch’s help. You go, Gun. This collected mini-series is going to likewise blow the heads off of everyone who thinks they know what science fiction is. 10/10
The Auteur #4 (Oni): This series has been nothing but balls-out fun since the beginning, so I regret to »
- Holly Interlandi
Here’s some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles casting news for you that has nothing to do with the upcoming Michael Bay produced film/internet enragement project (albeit one that some Den of Geek contributors are quite looking forward to).
When the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon relaunch, which plays on Nickelodeon in the Us and on Nicktoons in the UK, returns for its third season, Leonardo voice actor Jason Biggs won’t be returning with it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the role of Leonardo will be filled by Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green. No reason for Biggs’ departure was given, although it could be something to do with either the actor’s hobby of causing controversy on Twitter or the growing success of the Netflix-produced TV series Orange Is The New Black, »
We're continuing our periodic look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 2 with thoughts on episodes 3 and 4 coming up just as soon as I know you're talking about the white Michelle Williams... I wanted to approach this season reviewing two episodes at a time because it seemed a manageable compromise given the binge-viewing of it all. (I'm guessing many of you have already finished the season by now.) But it also made sense to me because, at least through these first four episodes, the season has been deliberately structured in pairs. Episode 1 was all-Piper, while episode 2 was no-Piper and all-everyone else. Episode 3 gives us backstory on Suzanne, whose emotional problems have long been on display for all to see, while episode 4 reveals that Morello is just as unstable, but has wrapped her crazy in a more presentable package. The episodes complement and comment on each other very nicely. I've been »
- Alan Sepinwall
The ever-popular streaming service Twitch may not reach Nintendo’s Wii U console after all, head honcho Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon.
Twitch has become a staple of this most recent console generation. In fact, cameras for the PS4 were completely sold out thanks to unforeseen demand, and Microsoft made sure the service was integrated into the Xbox One soon after launch. Though Nintendo has shown quite some interest in Twitch, going as far as actually using them for their official E3 stream, they have confirmed that they do not want a Twitch app on the Wii U…yet.
The reason? It’s not fun, according to Nintendo’s own Reggie Fils-Aime:
“We don’t think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself is a lot of fun”
This doesn’t mean that they do not recognize how useful or interesting replay and recording features like Twitch can be, however. For one, »
- Jaime Parra
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
Price: DVD $19.97, Blu-ray $24.99
When writer Larry Kramer hosted a gathering of gay men at his home in 1981 to discuss the “gay cancer” that was plaguing their community, he effectively launched a series of events that would change the face of the Gay Rights Movement and American activism. In 1985, he immortalized the events in the groundbreaking drama The Normal Heart, which was later revived on Broadway in 2011, garnering five Tony Award nominations. Three decades after its Off Broadway debut, The Normal Heart arrives as an HBO film starring Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) and Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love).
Oh dear, Dimensions in Time. Despite viewing figures of 13.8 million viewers for the first part and 13.6 million (during Children in Need) for the second back in 1993 (part two screened as part of Noel’s House Party, at the time a massive Saturday evening show), it really is an old mess, guilty of various
- Christian Cawley
Nicki Minaj shows a gentler side on “Pills N Potions,” the first single from “The Pink Print,” her upcoming album. Against a gentle, but persistent beat, Minaj opens the song by singing in a vulnerable voice that she still loves someone and no amount of pills and potions can make her forget. She then goes into a rap that continues to show her softer side, as she declares “I still don’t wish death on them/I just reflect on them.” Phew! Produced by Dr. Luke, “Pills N Potions” is reminiscent of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” musically in terms of its tempo and Martika's 1988 hit, "Toy Soldiers" with its big drum beat. “I get high off your memory/In time, you’ll be mine,” she sings in the ascending bridge. Those who like their Minaj with a dose of nasty may be turned off by this side of Minaj, »
- Melinda Newman
The spirit of Sergio Leone hovers above Argentine director Pablo Fendrik’s “Ardor,” a spooky south-of-the-equator oater — or “machete Western,” if you will — that trades open desert horizons for dense jungle backdrops. With nary a horse in sight, this primordially infused revenge tale unfolds in the present, demonstrating how certain corners of South America are as lawless today as the Old West once was. Fendrik’s unusual genre exercise builds in arduous slow motion toward a thrilling grindhouse climax, but lacks the hair-raising tension a more unsettling sound mix could create — though a slash-and-burn re-edit following its out-of-competition Cannes bow could salvage its commercial chances.
As is, “Ardor’s” evocative settings — coupled with photogenic co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga — lend high-impact visuals to a pic that often drags when it should be making the hairs on the back of our necks bristle. In iconic Western terms, Mexican actor »
- Peter Debruge
In the past, the Black Keys took their cues from long-dead blues musicians. Now they sound haunted by those blues musicians' ghosts. Turn Blue, the band's eighth studio album, just sounds so spooky. Lead singer/guitar player Dan Auerbach brought the overall moody feeling, inspired by the death of his marriage, and producer/frequent collaborator Danger Mouse brought the Halloween-ready sonic accoutrements. From a Vincent Price–esque pipe organ to what can only be described as "an alien dragonfly on the attack," here are the 13 (scary number!) spookiest sounds from Turn Blue.1. Haunted theremin from "Weight of Love" 2. Creature slowly emerging from his black-lagoon home from "Weight of Love" 3. OOoOOoOoOoOoOoOo from "In Time" 4. Ghost sidekick from "In Time" 5. The subtle high-pitched noise in the background that will eventually drive you crazy to the point of murder from "In Time" 6. Two predators making out from "Turn Blue" 7. Alien-dragonfly »
- Jesse David Fox
Around these parts we love a good slasher movie. The only problem is finding a good slasher movie. Will the killer in the recently announced Some Kind of Hate be able to bring the right kind of disturbing to the old chopping block? Read on for details.
The flick centers on a tightly wound kid who is a favorite target for the local high school bullies. He is sent away to a remote reform school, where the teen accidentally summons a vengeful spirit -- herself a victim of bullying -- to exact retribution on his tormentors.
- Steve Barton
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
We talk about VOD and streaming services, against the illegal piracy audiences turn to when watching Game of Thrones, but we are forgetting about the obvious. Home Theatre Review writes:
“The Kaleidescape Cinema One, (or the K-scape we call it here at HomeTheaterReview) the high-end storage locker for your Blu-rays (and more) has just been recognized for its excellent product design and is the winner of a Red Dot Award. The server can import and store hundreds of movies and allow you to watch them instantly sans previews and promos and even menus.”
Read the full article here: http://hometheaterreview.com/kaleidescape-honored-with-award/
This is the product we have been waiting for – and technology will only improve. Since 1999, we have collected DVDs and Blu-rays, and yet we talk about streaming services. If all my DVDs and Blu-rays were in one digital box it’d »
- Simon Columb
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