7 items from 2015
Starting tomorrow, BAMcinématek in Brooklyn has curated a series celebrating the best of recent three dimensional cinema, "3D in the 21st Century":"The unprecedented resurgence of 3D in the last decade has expanded the visual and emotional possibilities of cinema in frequently wondrous—and sometimes divisive—new ways. At its best, the technology creates almost hallucinatory immersive landscapes and retina-dazzling surprises with an immediate visceral impact. From big-budget blockbusters to high-concept mind-benders by arthouse icons, this first-of-its-kind series surveys recent films that showcase the full range of stereoscopic cinema’s expressive potential."Running May 1 - 17, the series surveys an exciting and wide-ranging number of 3D films, from blockbusters like Avatar and Gravity, genre films like Step Up 3D and Resident Evil: Retribution, to such art-house hits as Goodbye to Language and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, as well experimental works by Jodie Mack, Ken Jacobs, Johann Lurf, and more. The »
BAMcinématek’s 3D in the 21st century series features James Cameron's Avatar, Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language, Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Retribution, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Wim Wenders's Pina, Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, works by Ken Jacobs, Jodie Mack and more. More writing on more goings on: Bruce Labruce and Carolee Schneemann in New York, Federico Fellini’s 8½ and Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight in London, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Flowers of Shanghai in Los Angeles and more. » - David Hudson »
With production scheduled to start up next month in Toronto on Suicide Squad, eTalk CTV and The Toronto Sun are reporting that actors Scott Eastwood and Ray Olubowale have joined the cast. No details were given in regards to what characters they may be playing, but there are rumors that Ray Olubowale is playing King Shark, but that has not been confirmed. Hopefully we'll get confirmation about who they are playing as we get closer to production starting up.
The actors join a growing cast that includes Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller). No story details have been confirmed at this time, but hopefully we'll get an official synopsis when production begins on director David Ayer's comic book adaptation. Scott Eastwood last starred in David Ayer's Fury, and »
So, Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen have made a movie set in Ancient China, and it's the feature directorial debut of Nick Powell ("Resident Evil: Retribution," "The Three Musketeers"). It's probably not a shock that the final result is a bit campy. You could take my word for it or just watch the new trailer below. The story follows a princess and her brother who are forced to flee after the Emperor is murdered. But they find help from Arken, a knight seeking redemption after the brutality of the Crusades, and Gallain, a bandit on the silk road, with the duo teaming up to take on the bad guys who grabbed the throne. A few things to note: the accents used by Cage and Christensen are hilarious, "I am the white ghost!" deserves to enter the pantheon of great Cage-isms, and this movie looks pretty awful all around. No word yet on a release date, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Welcome to another horror news round-up! This time around we have release details for the Lovecraftian love story Spring and the wilderness-based horror movie Backcountry, as well as acquisition details on the Kevin Durand-starring Dark Was the Night.
The latest film from the directing duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), Spring stars Lou Taylor Pucci (2013’s Evil Dead) and Nadia Hilker (The Other Wife) and will be released by Drafthouse Films in theaters and on VOD beginning March 20th:
Press Release – “Drafthouse Films is immensely proud to present Spring, the stunning new genre-defying supernatural love story from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), in U.S. theaters and on VOD March 20th!
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, »
- Derek Anderson
Back in August, Resident Evil franchise star Milla Jovovich revealed that production had been delayed on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, because she and her husband/director Paul W.S. Anderson are expecting their second child. She said then that shooting wouldn't happen until the summer of 2015. Now, the actress confirms in a new Facebook post that shooting will begin this August. Here's what she had to say in her post from Tuesday.
"I'm really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 lbs.) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice's new 'easy mama access' costume;)) so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to "action hero" mode! »
Whenever an artistic medium dares to cheat on its loyal fanbase by scurrying over to another, anger and thinkpieces likely follow. Technology has amped up an uncanny-valley-sort of realism in video games. Movies have added more CGI to its blockbuster spectacles and animation. Thus, the previously distinct media have drawn blurrier lines with consumers none too pleased. Games like Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain earn the title of “cinematic”, either as mere descriptor or complaint. A quick gameplay video affirms this: most of the action simply propels the player through a grounded narrative with only a few promptly-timed button mashes driving what looks like an animated movie. Cinema-goers as well have lambasted recent multi-million-dollar projects like Gravity for sequences of first-person, graphics-laden action, not unlike a Call of Duty cut-scene (the latest of which, by the way, features CGI-fied Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey »
- Zach Lewis
7 items from 2015
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