11 items from 2015
I called Open Windows "the most relevant thriller of the year" and, while the movie is shaky at times and the ending is a but of a Wtf? I stand by that.
Only the mind of Nacho Vigalando (Time Crimes) could have dreamed up the concept and followed through with it in a way that managed to not seem completely daft. Despite being technically a "techno thriller", the film nods at everything from scifi to Hitchcock to Giallo. Worth a rental folks.
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Here are your Blu-ray and DVD releases for January 27th, 2015:
The Remaining (Sony Pictures)
Supernatural thriller that addresses questions of life, love and belief against an apocalyptic backdrop. A group of close friends gather for a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by biblical end-times prophecies. The survivors face a horrifying, uncertain future as they scramble for safety, but as their world collapses around them in chaos and terror will they choose real life through faith, or just try to survive? (Source)
Feed the Gods. Xlrator. 2014.
Two brothers return to a small mountain town in search of their long lost parents only to discover that the place has a monstrous taste for tourists. (Source)
Mas Negro Que La Noche. Lionsgate. 2014.
Greta moves into her recently deceased aunt’s mansion and starts throwing wild parties with her friends; however, what »
- Sarah Skidmore
Fury Last night I popped this Blu-ray in to check out the deleted scenes and I made it through about ten minutes worth before I just couldn't stay awake any longer. There are about 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes on this thing and from those first ten minutes it seems like the cuts were a very good decision. For starters, they add nothing to the movie, particularly an extended introduction to Logan Lerman's character where Jon Bernthal acts even more like an animal toward him, plus the editing is quite bad as David Ayer clearly didn't have the coverage he needed to cut the scenes together with the extended material. Nevertheless, I find this to be a solid movie, and one I do intend on rewatching and I'm going to dig a little deeper into those deleted scenes and if there's more to say I'll probably write up a full review. »
- Brad Brevet
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
new Us/Can Jan 27 streaming only Nightcrawler Tracks Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Cyber-Seniors The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby The Humbling Song One dvd/streaming Fury The Judge My Old Lady The Book of Life Before I Go to Sleep Open Windows Art and Craft new UK Jan 26 streaming only Dracula Untold The Way He Looks Magic in the Moonlight Gone Girl dvd/streaming The Equalizer Honeymoon The Boxtrolls Draft Day Night Train to Lisbon Think Like a Man Too What We Did on Our Holiday Wish I Was Here
- MaryAnn Johanson
What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.
And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.
You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »
- Sharon Knolle
For the last week of January, horror and sci-fi fans have several great titles to choose from that are making their home entertainment bow on Tuesday. Big Driver, the latest Stephen King adaptation, is coming to DVD and Cinedigm is releasing both Open Windows and Why Don’t You Play in Hell? as well, after their successful festival runs in 2014.
Big Driver (Lionsgate, DVD/Digital HD)
From best-selling author Stephen King comes Big Driver, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) January 27th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Golden Globe® nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Academy Award® winner Olympia Dukakis (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Moonstruck, 1987) and Grammy® nominated rocker Joan Jett, Big Driver is a dark »
- Heather Wixson
Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.
First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash, Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.
Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
A new subgenre/aesthetic is on the rise. From The Den to Nacho Vigalondo’s dense Open Windows to Universal’s upcoming Unfriended, filmmakers are attacking our vulnerability online by setting their horror films entirely so. Where Unfriended and its director Levan Gabriadze succeed is in its authentic depiction of both online activity and the mean spirit of…
The post Trailer: All Online Horror, Unfriended appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
This March, cinephiles of all persuasions will congregate in Austin, Texas for 2015’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Each year, the beloved event proves worth the trek, with plenty of terrific dramas, comedies and genre pics on display (last year’s festival screenings included such great flicks as Neighbors, Chef, Open Windows, Stage Fright and The Guest). And today brings exciting news regarding next year’s festival, now that some of the films that will be making their world or U.S. premieres at SXSW 2015 have been announced.
Among the premieres are Dredd director Alex Garland’s anticipated sci-fi thought piece Ex Machina, Michael Showalter’s latest romance Hello, My Name is Doris and The Invitation, a horror-thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body. With many more titles to be announced in the coming weeks, this is already shaping up to be a terrific year for SXSW.
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- Isaac Feldberg
If we've learned anything from Hollywood lately, it's that the internet is a place where bad things happen and where we lose our very souls. Recent bummer movies about the online world have included the little-seen indie ensemble "Disconnect," Jason Reitman's misfire "Men, Women & Children" (which featured a harrowing sequence of what happens when a "Guild Wars" account is deleted), the laptop-set thriller "Open Windows" (get it?), and next week Michael Mann will deliver his hackers-gone-wild opus, "Blackhat." But perhaps nothing can prepare you for the trailer for "Cyberbully." "Game Of Thrones" star Maisie Williams stars in this Channel 4 TV movie about a young woman who is stalked online — Insert Frantic Keyboard Typing. This promo is a thing of wonder to behold in 2015, with production values and drama more reminiscent of Sandra Bullock's hard drive drama classic "The Net" than anything »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I understand that starting off 2015 with a movie called Atrocity sounds like betting on a one-legged greyhound, but some of my favorite indie horror flicks have the most bizarre names imaginable, so I gambled my Sunday night on Jeff S. Chimenti’s low-budget slasher. Then I remembered my last few casino trips and the continual bad-luck-streak hovering over my head – something this hormonal slasher wasn’t going to turn around.
Atrocity is built just as you’d expect any January-released-found-footage-horror-movie to be, marred by grainy imagery and a curiously inept script that banks on law enforcement officers who exhibit the mental capacity of a soggy potato. If any of you aspiring murderers out there are looking for a quick tutorial, Chimeneti will surely teach you an important first lesson – the smaller the town, the more useless police officers are. Too bad such bumbling hilarity makes for an absolutely brainless cinematic watch. »
- Matt Donato
11 items from 2015
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