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Adrián García Bogliano’s kidnapping tale gone awry has moments of geniune electricity but is just too nasty for its own good
There’s an “aha” moment deep into Scherzo Diabolico when you’ll discover the lead character, Aram (Francisco Barreiro), is not quite the vicious monster you think he is. It’s at or around the same point you can start making a case that this latest from Spanish-born, Mexican-based horror director Adrián García Bogliano is more than just a gruesome exercise in exploitation. Unfortunately, it’s too little too late for both. This kidnapping tale gone awry, while not without one or two moments of genuine electricity, is just too nasty for its own good.
Barreiro’s Aram is a working stiff middle-manger, stuck putting in overtime hours without overtime pay. His wife disrespects him, his young son can’t relate to him outside of superhero costumes. In »
- Jordan Hoffman
Laff, the country’s first-ever, over-the-air broadcast comedy television network officially launched on Wednesday. In time for its debut, the network has licensed the broadcast television rights to all 145 episodes of sitcom “Spin City” from Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution. Michael J. Fox headlined four seasons of “Spin City,” which centered around life inside the New York City mayor’s office. The series also featured Heather Locklear, Barry Bostwick, Richard Kind, Alan Ruck and Connie Britton. Charlie Sheen replaced Fox for the series’ final two seasons. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 The addition of “Spin City” brings Laff »
- Joe Otterson
Network: BBC America
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: May 22, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This historical action drama series is based on the characters found in the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Set in Paris in the year 1630, Athos, Aramis and Porthos are highly-trained Musketeers who fight to protect their king and France.
Along the way, they meet a young but skilled farm boy who longs to become a Musketeer. Charismatic, impulsive and ridiculously brave, young D'Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) has exceptional skill with a sword. Athletic and determined, he is also intensely romantic. In time, »
Hahaha! Oh, how David Ayer teases. The next photo from Suicide Squad has appeared on Ayer's Twitter, following the group shot of the cast yesterday. It addresses the question of "where is Jared Leto?" The actor was noticeably absent from a cast shot that included everyone else, from Will Smith to Margot Robbie to Joel Kinnaman to Viola Davis. The new photo shows Jared Leto, with short green hair preparing to play The Joker, hiding behind half a camera. At what first seems like a bad shot, is actually a reference to the cover of the acclaimed Joker graphic novel The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland. Nice one, Ayer. It's a cool shot, I just wish we'd get more than this tease and the hair shot from before. In time... Here's the new shot posted, referencing the question of where he is with the tag "#WhereIsJared"? Here! »
- Alex Billington
Good Kill isn’t a science fiction film, but its premise could easily come from a dystopian novel - or a darkly prophetic story by Philip K Dick.
Ethan Hawke plays Major Thomas Egan, a veteran pilot who controls unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones, as they’re often dubbed by the media) as they circle the skies of the Middle East. At the orders of those higher up the command chain, these drones can strike targets from 10,000km in the air - so high that someone on the ground could look up and not even see the craft gliding above them. »
Since his feature filmmaking debut began in 1997, writer-director Andrew Niccol has made diverse movies united by similar themes. Many of them deal with the way technology either impacts us in the present or will affect us in the future. More still meditate on social injustice.
Good Kill shares the concerns and thought-provoking tone of Niccol's best films, such as The Truman Show (which he wrote, and Peter Weir directed), In Time, Lord Of War and his masterpiece, Gattaca. Set in 2010, it's about the experiences of Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) - a distinctly 21st century brand of soldier. Once an adept pilot, he now clocks into work at a military base just outside Las Vegas, sits in an office chair, and launches aerial drone strikes over Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East. »
It’s all there in that swooning opening music: Gattaca isn’t just another sleek film about the future. The feature debut of New Zealand-born director Andrew Niccol, the smart, elegant, intensely moving Gattaca may just be his finest film to date.
The film introduces us to Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who’s in the process of a carrying out a painstaking daily ritual: shaving every stray hair from his body, exfoliating his skin and burning the material left behind - it’s as though Vincent’s treating himself as a crime scene.
Vincent lives in a future where genetic profiling has divided society into Valids - those whose DNA has been fettled to perfection by scientists before birth - and In-valids - those conceived naturally, with all potential genetic flaws it involves. »
PS3, Xbox 360, PC
When my co-editor suggested we do a monthly theme exploring the concept of long-form gaming, and our most treasured journeys therein, it took almost no time for me to seize upon the opportunity to write about not just my favorite game of the previous generation but very likely the most important and influential gaming experience I’ve ever had the undying pleasure, and unending pain of enduring: From Software’s Dark Souls.
What began it’s life as a carefully treaded waterline to avoid the attachment of the Sony-connected Demon’s Souls franchise would go on to become one of the most deliriously beloved and intensely demanding games of all time. A hybrid between Metroidvania-type exploration, Diablo-style action-rpg dungeon crawling, the ambient and atmospheric storytelling of Silent Hill, the endlessly digestible lore of Metal Gear Solid and the unforgiving old school »
- Mike Worby
Christopher Nolan thinks big. There’s little question he has an impressive imagination and his body of work speaks to those larger issues. Often writing with his brother Jonathan, they have produced a series of films with a polish and gravitas that few other big budget spectacles can match.
And yet, in almost every case, the lapses in story logic rob the movie of its power so you always walk out of the theater shaking your head in bewilderment. The great ideas and execution found in Memento and again in Inception are spoiled in his other films, notably The Dark Knight Rises. Such was the case with Interstellar, coming to home video via Paramount Home Entertainment this Tuesday. The larger theme of where we do go when we ruin the Earth beyond repair is a timely one as more and more reports indicate this is the century we hit the ecological tipping point. »
- Robert Greenberger
Directed by François Truffaut
Riding high on the critical reputation of the French New Wave (if not its consistent box office success), and with The 400 Blows (1959), Shoot the Piano Player (1960), and Jules and Jim (1962) behind him, François Truffaut’s fourth feature is something rather different. There is still the same cinematic playfulness, a combination of genuine skill, pervasive influence, and a rampant passion for the medium itself, but with The Soft Skin (1964), Truffaut slows things down somewhat, takes a breath, matures. That’s not to say there weren’t adult themes in his earlier films (most certainly there were in Jules and Jim), but here, the entire tone of the film feels more aged, more serious, as if Truffaut was for the first time making a film explicitly for grown-ups, not just featuring them.
Nominated for the Palme »
- Jeremy Carr
From Autons to tribophysics via Kronkburgers, here's a pick of the best nerdy in-jokes and references from the 2005 series of Doctor Who...
Ten years ago, the world was about to be re-introduced to one of the most enduring and exciting television characters of all time, Doctor Who. The programme's new 2005 sheen brought with it a cheeky self-referential side (though it did do a bit of that in the 80s) and a knowingly raised pop culture eyebrow. From films such as E.T. to Barbarella to Star Trek to modern literature (The Lovely Bones) and icons (Michael Jackson) - everything was in the Time Lord’s gaze.
Most obviously, this opener saw the return of the »
Hawke stars in Good Kill as Major Thomas Egan, whose moral reservations about the cause of war lead him to doubt his life choices.
The thriller was screened in competition for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival last summer.
Good Kill opens on May 15 in the Us.
Watch Digital Spy's preview of this year's biggest blockbusters below: »
"This ain't PlayStation. We are killing people." After a couple trailers for the international release of Andrew Niccol's timely drone thriller Good Kill surfaced a couple months ago, the film has finally locked down a summer release date in May. And with that comes the first Us trailer for the film, showing a little more of the struggle Ethan Hawke has as a fighter pilot forced to adapt to technology and become a drone pilot. But being detached from the war physically doesn't mean there's no psychological torture for the killing these pilots do from a control room. This looks like a timely but straightforward drama. Watch it! Here's the first Us trailer for Andrew Niccol's Good Kill from ComingSoon: Good Kill is written and directed by Andrew Niccol (In Time, Lord of War, Gattaca). A fighter pilot turned drone pilot (Ethan Hawke), based out of Las Vegas, »
- Ethan Anderton
Update: In time zone-adjusted national estimates, “Empire” averaged a 6.5 rating in 18-49 and 16.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., including a 6.9 rating and 17.6 million in its regular 9 o’clock hour (which will count in season averages).
Fox drama “Empire” capped its stunning first-year ratings performance Wednesday night with viewership gains for a tenth straight week and a demo delivery not seen by any broadcast series in nearly six years.
Nielsen estimates that the two-hour finale of “Empire” averaged a 6.4 rating/20 share in adults 18-49 and 16.5 million viewers overall — up about 10% in both categories from last week’s hourlong episode (5.8/17 and 14.92 million); these numbers are expected to rise in the nationals. It opened at 8 p.m. where it left off last »
- Rick Kissell
In this week’s Grey’s Anatomy, Amelia operated on Herman’s brain tumor. And operated on it. And then operated on it some more. But were both the surgeon and her patient able to go “The Distance” of the episode’s title? Read on and find out!
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Knife Or Death | As the hour opened, Amelia was steeling herself for what was to come, taking a moment to cry out a few nerves in the bathroom before psyching herself back up to do battle with Herman’s tumor. »
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my early pop culture intake was a healthy mix of Disney (this included an extensive library of worn-out VHS in the classic white plastic clamshell packaging), Saturday morning cartoons (from DuckTales to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Japanese imports repackaged for North American kids (Power Rangers, Speed Racer). But my one true love was science fiction. And anyone familiar with my work on this website could probably guess that this love begins and ends with Star Wars. Or really, it begins with Princess Leia.
I don’t remember my first viewing of the original trilogy; it exists in my memory as a constant presence. And like any healthy child weaned on TV and movies, »
- Mallory Andrews
I have shot home videos ever since I was a young boy. I was always the person who filmed the family movies and was able to do so in an inconspicuous way that really captured the essence of my family. This bled over into my relationships; using my iPhone, I would capture small moments during a relationship. In time, I had enough material to cut together a cute romantic piece that could depict our love for one another over the months or years we had been together. Ultimately, the experience sparked a light in my brain that the iPhone may be the best weapon of choice for me. For years, I had been sitting on an idea for a film that could capture the "everyday" between a boyfriend and his girlfriend. The goal was to give the feeling of "I remember that," from one relationship or another, to "I want »
- Tristan Pope
Equipment to get your heart going again, put fires out, sterilize an open wound—those are the emergency items you usually see in sealed-off cabinets hanging in public places, but as helpful as defibrillators and first aid kits are in everyday life, you'd want more effective weapons at hand if a slavering werewolf from The Howling aimed its snout at your thigh, or if Fred Dekker's zombies from Night of the Creeps came calling for you as their delectable date.
That's where the fine folks from In Case Of come in. Their unique, hand-crafted, sealed emergency cabinets offer protection against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons. Though the weapons within their cabinets aren't real, they have a beautiful and realistic look that compliments the well-researched mythologies behind each item. To celebrate the hallowed day of horror that is Friday the 13th (and to give our readers a possible Friday the 13th »
- Derek Anderson
Back in the mid-eighties an actor who played "Third Assistant" in a Doctor Who story called The Savages (1966) and the director of another Doctor Who adventure, The Underwater Menace (1967), came together to create one of the BBC’s most successful television shows.
And when they got together, it was murder. Well, not quite. (Though the first episode did feature a victim who would later die, fact fans.) But what they did create was Eastenders.
Broadcast on February the 19th 1985 (in between episodes one and two of The Two Doctors), this creation of Who alumni would go on to share numerous links with the long-running science-fiction for years to come. Even its time-slot owes much to the adventures of everyone’s favourite Gallifreyan.
In an interview in »
When Sam Raimi talked about the possibility of an Evil Dead TV series last year, there were many who thought the project would never see the light of day, but it became official late last year. Bruce Campbell is returning for Ash vs Evil Dead, a new TV series that will premiere later this year on Starz and we have the names of two people that will be joining Ash in his fight.
“Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) will play the role of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will play Kelly Maxwell in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on Starz in late 2015.
Pablo Simon Bolivar is an idealistic immigrant who »
- Jonathan James
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