10 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...
What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.
Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.
But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman. »
The Frozen Ground, 2013.
Written and Directed by Scott Walker.
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Some films try to be more than their story can allow, and fail to deliver the basic elements. Other films don’t even bother trying at all and fail even more spectacularly. With The Frozen Ground, comes a film which sets out to be an average, nuts and bolts thriller and success admirably in providing a solid, if unspectacular piece of entertainment.
Based on the true story of Robert Hansen (played by John Cusack) who murdered at least 17 women (and is suspected of having killed several more) in Alaska in the early 1980s, the film’s success lies in »
- Flickering Myth
The end may be near but the party's just beginning when the hit comedy This Is the End comes to Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital on October 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. James Franco (127 Hours, Pineapple Express), Jonah Hill (Moneyball, Superbad), Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express), Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder), Danny McBride (TV's Eastbound & Down, Due Date), and Craig Robinson (TV's The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) star in this apocalyptically hilarious movie about six friends trapped in James Franco's house as the world around them comes to an end. Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, creators of Pineapple Express and Superbad, This Is the End is filled with raunchy and irreverent humor, shocking special effects, as well as surprise cameos, with appearances by Rihanna (Battleship), Michael Cera (Juno) and Emma Watson (Harry Potter series).
The Blu-ray combo pack features more than »
Oblivion is a solidly acted, well-directed movie that pulls out twists and turns at every level and keeps you as the audience guessing. It plays out like a Philip K. Dick adaption of a Richard Matheson novel. The film is actually based on the director Joseph Kosinski's unpublished graphic novel of the same name with a screenplay from Karl Gajdusek (Trespass) and Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). The film features an extremely talented cast led by Tom Cruise, and effects and action sequences that pop on the Blu-ray format. The word ‘oblivion’ means forgetfulness, or a state of complete forgetfulness or unawareness. I have always thought that with the word ‘oblivion’, it could mean a place »
- Patrick Luce
Here's today's latest casting news: Elijah Wood's production of the Leigh Whannell-scripted horror-comedy Cooties has added Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) in addition to Wood. Filming kicks off on Monday, July 15th. Max Landis' directorial debut Me Him Her has added a trio of cast members: Dustin Milligan (Slither), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Emily Meade (Trespass). Hit the jump for more on both pictures. The Wrap reports that Landis sexual comedy Me Him Her has added a trio of up-and-comers to the cast. The picture explores "love, sex, friendship and sword combat in what Landis has described as 'the weirdest, most surreal way possible,' the story ultimately emphasizes that conceptions of self should be flexible." Production starts later this month in Los Angeles. Here's the press release for the start of production on Wood's Cooties: Principal photography will begin Monday, »
- Dave Trumbore
Untaken Legacy: Stolzl’s English Debut a Clunky, Derivate Actioneer
Originally titled The Expatriate, German director Philip Stolzl’s English language debut gets the dumbed down title of Erased, which unfortunately only makes it an easy target for jokes concerning what the film does with your time. While the film manages to avoid being completely asinine, nicely packaged and more smartly written than your general fare in the Taken vein, Stolzl’s film can never quite manage to feel like an original concept, instead feeling like a European tinged, anemic subset of the Jason Bourne franchise.
Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) is an expatriate American living in Belgium, trying to start his life over working for a multinational corporation specializing in high-tech security. Only recently, his 15 year old daughter Amy (Liana Liberato) has left the Us to come live with him, and the two don’t seem to know each other very well, »
- Nicholas Bell
"No, no, no – there's absolutely no problem. It's just one of those things, mate. I'd be very inclined to do exactly the same thing, and I know the subsequent fuckin' dread and all the other shit, so please, not at all."
Ben Mendelsohn had me at hello. An unexpectedly chilled-out hello, considering I'd phoned him an hour-and-a-half later than planned, slightly panicky, profusely sorry. Due to bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived email-reading, I'd got the time wrong, I'd got the day wrong, and would have been none the wiser had his publicist not contacted me to ask how the interview had gone. It's 8.30am in La and, luckily for me, not only is Mendelsohn at home in West Hollywood doing not a lot, he's »
- Alex Godfrey
Feature James Clayton 15 Mar 2013 - 06:38
With Welcome To The Punch's striking title in mind, James offers some more interesting film names for recent hits...
Welcome To The Punch. Boom. That is a brilliant film title. It hits you and it hits you hard. It’s an inviting knuckle sandwich to your conscious awareness and its five syllables sucker punch you and say, “Yeah, now you know me. You are watching this film, sunshine.”
Imprinted indelibly on my memory right from the first mention, how could I not follow it up and discover what mysteries lie behind the bombastic moniker? It immediately impresses me with its shocking violence and promises brutal action, intense energy and all the other sadomasochistic kicks I crave in my cinema trips. Welcome To The Punch speaks directly to my psyche and is sold to my subconscious in only four words.
Getting beyond the gut-busting first impression, »
Whenever Nicolas Cage.s name is attached to a project, the film critic side of me sighs and shakes his head in discouragement - but the less snooty movie-watching part of me is jumping over the moon with joy. Regardless of the quality of the films he.s appeared in over the last decade or so, Cage.s performances have rarely failed to entertain on both ironic and non-ironic levels. It doesn.t look like his latest project will disappoint my unrefined side. Cage is set to play a reformed criminal in Tokarev, a new film set to be directed by Spanish filmmaker Paco Cabezas. Cage.s last few roles have been in the mostly forgettable Stolen, Trespass and the Ghost Rider sequel, but he.ll soon be playing a cop opposite a serial killing John Cusack in The Frozen Ground, leading the rapture-minded Left Behind reboot; and playing another »
Although he’s worked with directors such as Terrence Malick and Baz Luhrmann, talented Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn‘s major breakout came with 2010′s crime drama Animal Kingdom. Since then, however, he’s been searching for a worthy follow-up in the spotlight. After the duds Trespass and Killer Elite, he was briefly featuring in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises this summer and sadly, this fall’s Andrew Dominik drama Killing Them Softly went [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
10 items from 2013
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