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As I mentioned in my Overrated Movies of 2013 piece, I have decided to switch up my usual format of posting my Top 10, Overrated and Underrated movies of the year in one big story. Instead, I'm breaking each category into its own story, with today's piece focusing on my picks for the Most Underrated/Underseen movies of the year. These five films (and one honorable mention) all made under $200,000 at the box office, though many of them also debuted on VOD formats before and/or during their theatrical runs. However, VOD sales data is hardly ever released to the general public, so it isn't known how well these films fared in that format. Still, these indie gems represented quality far greater than several films with enormous budgets, and even though they may not have raked in the big bucks, they're well worthy of being recognized for their greatness. Also, in case you're curious, »
Two new additions have been made to the cast of the big screen adaptation of the video game phenomenon known as World of Warcraft. Now then... be a good little Level 1 curiosity seeker and read on for the news.
California-born Wu ("New Police Story," The Banquet, Tai Chi Zero) is a star in Hong Kong and has been making moves toward a career Stateside with recent roles in Europa Report and RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists.
- Uncle Creepy
News Simon Brew 19 Dec 2013 - 06:20
Brown, whose most recent movie was Homefront, starring The Statham, joins a cast that already includes Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Ben Foster and Travis Fimmel. And he's not the only new addition to the film either. Daniel Wu, whose credits include New Police Story, One Nite In Mongkok and Europa Report, is also set to climb aboard as well. Their exact roles have not yet been revealed.
Production on the film starts next year, with Warcraft now set for release on March 11th 2016.
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Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have closed deals for Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown to join the cast of Warcraft, based on Blizzard Entertainment's award-winning Warcraft universe. Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner will produce. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share, Brent O'Connor and Blizzard's Mike Morhaime and Paul Sams will serve as executive producers. Chris Metzen, Rob Pardo and Nick Carpenter from Blizzard will co-produce.
Daniel Wu has twice been nominated for Best Actor at the prestigious Golden Horse Film Festival (Night Corridor, Like a Dream) and won the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 with New Police Story. One Nite in Mongkok brought Wu a Best Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Other credits include The Shinjuku Incident, Protege, »
Ecuador is experiencing a mini production boom, churning out four to five pics a year compared with one every two years before 2007, and one every four years before 1999. Local hits such as Sebastian Cordero’s “Pescador” (2011) and the country’s foreign Oscar entry this year, “Mejor no hablar de Ciertas Cosas” by Javier Andrade are in the vanguard.
A lot of young talent is eager to get into the film biz, be it via graphic design, writing, directing, acting or producing. “Now that we’ve increased our output, we need to work on the quality of our films,” says producer Arturo Yepez.
To address this issue, the third edition of the Festival de Cine la Orquidea, held last month in the city of Cuenca, launched its first screenwriting lab for the Andean region in conjunction with Carnaval Cine, founded earlier this year by Ecuadoran helmer Sebastian Cordero, Yepez and thesp/scribe Andres Crespo, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
The holiday shopping season is officially upon us, and that means it's time to take a look back at the last year of Blu-ray releases to help you decide which packages will have the horror fans on your list grinning from ear-to-ear!
With the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 3, and really cheap standalone players all Blu-ray ready, there's never been a better time to make that jump into high definition. If you've been holding out, throw caution to the wind, kids! Blu is where it's at! If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the annual...
Before we get into my picks, let's take a second to explain how I rated them. They're broken down into three categories:
Can't Miss -- Must Haves: These are the cream of the crop! »
- Uncle Creepy
Do we really want to discover life on Mars?
“The Last Days on Mars” is a zombie-like horror movie with the red planet as its setting. A group of astronauts at a space station start to be victims of a terrifying alien specimen that was collected. And the survivors must seek out a way off the planet before it’s too late.
Latino-Review had an exclusive telephone interview last month with director Ruairi Robinson. We discussed the movie cast, the short story and creating the Mars setting for this complex sci-fi film.
“The Last Days on Mars” is currently in select theaters and available on VOD.
Read the interview transcript below.
Latino-Review: What attracted you to this script for this movie?
Ruairi Robinson: When I first got it, [there] had not been a good paranoid sci-fi thriller in »
- Gig Patta
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was an in-depth discussion on the films of Joel & Ethan Coen, better known as the Coen Brothers, in honor of their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis in limited release this weekend. The guys talk over the Coens as a unit in regards to their storytelling, collaborations with cinematographers and overall legacy as American filmmakers. They also divulge their favorites of the Coen's filmography and where they'd like to see the duo work next. Enjoy! Download #180 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP180.mp3" title="Traveling Through Life with the Coen Brothers"]The Golden Briefcase #180[/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: Films of Fatherhood (Guest: Alan 'Nordling' Cerny) Picks of the Week: Jeremy: Before Midnight / Magnolia / The Prestige Tim: Europa Report / Event Horizon / Ken mode - "Entrench" DVD »
- Tim Buel
The year's third everything-goes-wrong-in-space flick is its second best, stripped of the dewy self-helpisms of its better, Gravity, and the limiting found-footage approach of its brainy/dumb lesser, Europa Report.
Instead, it's just zombies versus an international research station on the wastes of the Red Planet, with all that such a premise promises: the thrill of the discovery of new life, the terror when that new life wants to eat all the old life, plus all the usual troubles with helmets, airlocks, a ship in orbit, and the competing interests of squabbling scientists, all written more as Earthlings th »
We’re back! Full of turkey, ready to sit down in front of the TV and zone out with a full Netflix queue. What’s the latest and greatest to hit the streaming service du jour? There are some major Hollywood hits like “Skyfall,” “Dances with Wolves,” and “Apocalypse Now” new to the Netflix universe but we here at Hc try to focus on what you might not have seen.
Here are ten flicks to add to your queue that could have fallen under your movie radar if we weren’t here to pick them up. You’re welcome. There’s a foreign film, two documentaries, a sci-fi flick, and even a musical. Pick your favorites. Or just watch all ten.
On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
You may have noticed that we’ve gone a little review-happy over the past few days here at SciFi Mafia; there are two reasons for that, and they’re both good. One, we’ve been getting a lot of great things to review as the holidays approach, and two, we wanted to get these reviews posted for you before the Big Shopping Onslaught begins.
In fact, we’ve gathered the reviews for the year all together for you in an easy reference list below that we are calling the SciFiMafia.com Shop From Your Recliner Blu-ray/DVD, Soundtrack, and Book Gift Guide 2013. It’s a list of links to all of the movie and TV Blu-rays, DVDs, and soundtracks, and books we reviewed this year, followed by the star rating. Click on the link and you’ll see the review, and at the bottom of the review is an Amazon ordering link. »
- Erin Willard
Music Composed and Produced by: Bear McCreary
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Format: Digital Download
Number of Discs: n/a (approx 12 minutes)
Label: Sparks & Shadows
Sparks & Shadows, the boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, announces the release of The World Of Steam: The Clockwork Heart a digital Ep on November 20th, featuring 12 plus minutes of music composed by McCreary for the pilot episode of the series, “The Clockwork Heart.” The World Of Steam is a set of Twilight Zone-like episodes set in a Steampunk universe.
“With my intense workload this year, I never thought I’d have the time to take on a new web-series. However, after one look at Matt Yang King‘s short “The Clockwork Heart,” I knew immediately I had to be involved,” said McCreary. “The elegant story and innovative steampunk visual aesthetic alone would have hooked me. It was the film’s reliance on »
- Erin Willard
Claudia Calvino Producer, Cuba
Despite limited resources in Cuba, Calvino has built up an impressive slate, including local hit “Juan of the Dead” and “Melaza” by her husband, Carlos Lechuga. As a partner in 5th Avenida, Calvino is co-producing Brugues’ bilingual heist pic “The Wrong Place” and Lechuga’s untitled vampire pic, among others.
Edher Campos Producer, Mexico (pictured above, center)
Campos came of age professionally at 2009’s Ventana Sur, selling Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,” which he produced, to Pyramide Intl. It went on to win Cannes’ Camera d’Or. This year, Campos co-produced Diego Quemada-Diaz’s “La jaula de oro,” a Cannes Un Certain Talent winner. His pic “Sweet Baby Jesus” is in post and “Room” is in pre-prod.
Fernando Coimbra Writer-Director, Brazil
Mundial’s first Brazil pickup was Coimbra’s debut, “ Wolf at the Door.” From Brazil’s go-to production house, Gullane Filmes, “Wolf” melds psychological insight, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente and John Hopewell
Welcome to awards season! It’s that special time of year when serious cinephiles look forward to a pileup of the (hopefully) best films of the year… because the studios save them till now so they’ll be fresh in the minds of awards-granting critics groups and the Academy members who will vote for the Oscars. Which also means it’s the time when industry pontificators — critics, awards bloggers, entertainment journalists — get to lord it over everyone else, with our early access to movies that won’t open till Christmas or January. Or February. Sometimes you can’t even tell when we have to fake it because a studio is withholding a film and even we haven’t seen it. Not that that stops us from speculating!
Herewith is a cheat sheet — shhh! don’t tell anywhere where you got it — to some of the films the studios are pushing for awards love this year… »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Directors: Sebastián Cordero
Writer: Philip Gelatt (screenplay)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 90 minutes
When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.
I’m always a little bit timid around space thrillers like Europa Report, because I find the idea of space and its lack of gravity and replenish-able sustenance thrilling (in a scary way) enough. When you take »
- Jess Orso
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Red 2: smart, breezy spy action, with an of-the-moment vibe that takes it post-post-9/11 and into the Wikileaks era of global politics [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to stream
Blackfish: a horrifying, heartbreaking eye-opener about human inhumanity to other intelligent and emotional beings who share our planet [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Frances Ha: charming, funny, and bittersweet, this is a delightful film, featuring an irresistible Greta Gerwig in the lead [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Man of Steel: magnificent, majestic, and soulful, bringing a familiar story to fresh new life; Henry Cavill is powerful and expressive as an alien lost among humans [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Barbara: though it has some effectively unsettling moments of Orwellian horror, this is more arthouse mood piece that straight-up thriller [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to stream
Europa Report: beautifully structured and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There have been a number of excellent quiet and contemplative Sci-Fi dramas in the last decade; films like Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and Moon that take a common Sci-Fi premise but don’t overload with lasers and huge battles and instead focus on the impact that the cold, unforgiving stretches of space have on the human mind and spirit as they hurdle into the void and away from everything and everyone they’ve ever known. That sense of isolation has been used in many films, but it’s the frontier of space that adds a sense of mystery of severity to the aforementioned films’ tone, and now Europa Report joins the ranks of small intimate character pieces set in space, and it’s hard to say whether its final revelation at the end spoils the wonder it calmly and quietly builds or if it makes it all worthwhile.
Read more. »
- Lex Walker
The adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is on track for an opening take of only around $27-$30 million this weekend, which puts it on par with a lot of the original sci-fi feaures out this year. Almost exactly aligned with either After Earth or Elysium, and a tad under both Oblivion and Pacific Rim. At least it is doing far better than its fellow Ya adaptations, though its Cinemascore rating of 'B' from audiences indicate this isn't a movie that will have much legs through word of mouth. That's too bad because Ender's Game is probably the smartest and most visually compelling sci-fi film of the year. I'd say even more than Europa Report (and definitely more than Gravity, which I don't classify in the genre anyway). And while some...
- Christopher Campbell
Okay, this is super creepy. What’s going on? Zombie apocalypse? Mad science experimentation? Mass hallucination?
I’m glad this looks interesting, because I’m gonna have to watch it no matter what. Cuz Sharlto Copley is in it, and he’s fantastic. And not to get too far ahead of myself, but if this is good, that means he’ll be on a track to being King of the Good VOD Flicks, what with Europa Report still one of the most intriguing movies of the year.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Opening with Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive the latest edition of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland (22-27 October 2013) has screened some of the most important American independent films of the year. Being the only festival of its class in Eastern and Central Europe the festival has become the most important venue to connect American filmmakers with European buyers and audiences through programs like U.S. in Progress Wrocław (23-25 October 2013).
This year's program taking place at the New Horizons cinema presented 80 movies out of which 42 are Polish premieres, 3 are European premieres and 1 is a World Premiere. Among them 10 documentaries and 17 feature films competed for cash prizes in the audience-vote competitions.
The first competitive section - Spectrum ($10,000 audience award for the Best Narrative Feature) included films that have been well-received here in the U.S such as A Teacher by Hannah Fidell, Blue Caprice by Alexandre Moors, Afternoon Delight by Jill Soloway, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, The Spectacular Now by James Ponsoldt, and Bluebird by Lance Edmands. The second competition - American Docs ($5,000 audience award for Best Documentary Feature) had a selection of films depicting varied current issues in American society including Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney, Our Nixon by Penny Lane, Northern Light by Nick Bentgen, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton by Eric Slade and Stephen Silha and Before You Know It by Pj Raval.
The American Film Festival also ran a retrospective of Shirley Clarke and presented Polish premieres of high-profile films such as As I Lay Dying by James Franco, Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong Cops, Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein’s Lovelace, Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon, Touchy Feely by Lynn Shelton, At Any Price by Ramin Bahrani, and Maladies by Carter. The festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sundance hit Don Jon along several U.S. in Progress participants and festival hits like I Used to be Darker by Matt Porterfier and Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Patrick Carbone. Lastly, a special section titled 'Masterpieces of American Cinema 90 Years of Warner Bros." showed 14 digitally-remastered productions by the studio from The Jazz Singer by Alan Crosland (1927) through A Clockwork Orange ,The Exorcist and Christopher Nolan’s Inception
All competitions titles:
Blue Highway by Kyle Smith, USA 2013, 70'
Lily by Matt Creed, USA 2013, 85'
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, USA, Italy 2013
Fall and Winter by Matt Anderson, USA 2013
U.S. Progress Projects
This year 6 projects in the final production stages were chosen to take part in the two-day workshop knows as U.S. in Progress Wroclaw (23-25 October, 2013). The event presents the American independent projects to European buyers, post-production houses and festivals in order to help them achieve completion and to foster the circulation and distribution of these films in Europe.
Selected from over 40 submission the chosen projects are the dramas Lake Los Angeles by Mike Ott (produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari), Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott (produced by Jessica Caldwell ) and Some Beasts by Cameron Nelson (produced by Ashley Maynor and Courtney Ware), crime story Wild Canaries by Lawrence Michael Levine (produced by Sophia Takal, Kim Sherman and McCabe Walsh), frontier black comedy Sun Belt Express by Evan Wolf Buxbaum (producers: Noah Lang and Iyabo Boyd) and Summer of Blood – a New York vampire comedy by director-producer Onur Tukel.
The prizes are awarded by a jury of professionals and include post-production services from European partner companies worth almost $60.000 and promotional services from other partners. Us in Progress’ partners are: Platige Image (Warsaw), Di Factory (Warsaw), Alvernia Studios (Krakow), composer Maciej Zielinski of Soundflower Studio (Warsaw), Soundplace (Warsaw), DCinex (Belgium), Vsi (Paris), Europa Distribution, Cicae and Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers Network.
U.S. in Progress Wrocław (formerly Gotham in Progress) was started in 2011 by the New Horizons Association and Black Rabbit Film. Previous films presented at the event included, among others: I Used To Be Darker by Matt Porterfield, American Milkshake by David Andalman (both shown at Sundance Ff in 2013), Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Carbone (Berlinale Generation, Tribeca), Bluebird by Lance Edmands (Tribeca, Karlovy Vary), Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin’s Now, Forager: a Film About Love and Fungi (Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Gotham Awards nominee), Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine (SXSW, Edinburgh Iff, Gotham Awards nominee) and Devyn Waitt’s Not Waving But Drowning (Sarasota Ff).
U.S. in Progress Wrocław is supported by the City of Wrocław, American Embassy in Warsaw and Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
For more information on the American Film Festival and the U.S. in Progress projects visit Here »
- Carlos Aguilar
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