In the past couple of years, the purpose of content platforms has changed. Netflix was a way to watch other people's stuff, movies and TV at your fingertips (or in your DVD player). But nowadays the exciting things on Netflix aren't its dwindling streaming catalog but its original content. Shows like Bojack Horseman and Wet Hot American Summer justify the price of
Amazon and Hulu have followed suit. And it sounds like we may be able to add one more company to that list: Apple. Variety reports that the company is looking into making their original shows and films, presumably ones that will be exclusive to their services. The story also makes reference to streaming, which would be an interesting step as well. Apple has jumped into the streaming ring with Apple Music, but there's no Netflix equivalent. My guess is that nobody would buy into a show where they have to pay for individual episodes.
So if this is true, it seems like we should expect another streaming service, which I'm not particularly excited about. But if they can pull off some really compelling original stuff, maybe I'll give that a look too. (But probably not.)
What do you think? Are there enough streaming services already, or are you a fan of this type of competition?read + comment
I bet you thought that Kevin Feige, as the head of Marvel's movie studios, was pretty damn powerful. Well, not powerful enough. He use to report to the CEO of Marvel, Ike Perlmutter, but no more! In a big shake up Feige will be reporting directly to Disney, who bought Marvel a few years ago, studio chief Alan Horn.
Why do you care who he reports to as long as he keeps making awesome Marvel universe movies? Because Perlmutter is a notoriously recluse CEO who has a penchant for avoiding risk at all costs and pinching pennies. Perlmutter almost derailed Captain America: Civil War because he didn't want to pay Robert Downey Jr. to co-star. He was also against striking a deal with Sony to get Spider-Man into the MCU. Feige has been reportedly frustrated with being denied and re-routed numerous times over where he'd like to take the universe and this move basically frees him up to do whatever the hell he wants.
Now, we probably will never know the changes that occur. Phase III of the universe has been locked in already so that means anything that's new would come in Phase IV, and we know nothing about Phase IV yet. My hope is that this means that we'll finally get another stand alone Hulk since the ownership issues can all be ironed out with a hopefully willing to talk Feige.
Also interesting is that Perlmutter will still be overseeing everything else that is Marvel, and that means television too. Seems odd that since the universe crosses over both that movies would be moved away, but the television series have always felt like (awesome) also-rans. Hopefully this doesn't make the divide even worse.
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Get ready for an Oscar nomination, folks. We've only see a pretty dull international clip for the upcoming Macbeth adaptation, but now with a U.S. one we get to see what the film is really about. It's about some striking visuals and what look to be Oscar worthy performances from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
There's definitely something visually striking about director Justin Kurzel's work here that strikes the exact right tone. It looks both epic and yet intimate. The war scenes make you think there's a big world around this, but at the same time the focus is so on the play's two leads that you can't help but feel like you're watching a stage play. It's hard not to get excited for this.
And because of that it's surprisingly hard not to get excited for Assassin's Creed, which will re-team the two actors and the director for what may be a video game movie that doesn't suck.
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You may recall a report the other week that Zod would have flipper hands in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Turns out Michael Shannon was just joking, though Zod might appear as a Kryptonian ghost in the film. I can't wait for the scene in the movie in which Zod, tenderly and lovingly, slides behind Superman and guides his hands at the potter's wheel. (Maybe Scott C. can draw it?)
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Shannon said flipper-Zod was "obviously a complete bulls**t story" that people surprisingly fell for. (I mean, come on, flipper hands would clearly be an impediment toward the proper fashioning of sexy earthenware from clay that warms at the touch, which is what we really want from this movie.) Shannon also noted that he appears in the trailer for Batman v Superman, but it's awkward because it's a movie that he didn't really work on. He elaborated on his role in the film:
The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts. The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long.
I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous.
You know what helps me when I'm nervous?
Making erotic pottery.
Batman v Superman: The Clay of Sensuality comes out March 25, 2016.read + comment
When the first trailer for the Eli Roth directed Knock Knock landed I was pretty excited. We had just learned we wouldn't be seeing Green Inferno any time soon (it finally lands this year) and this looked like a pretty good send up of the home invasion genre. After this second trailer, which released along with the poster below, I'm a bit less excited.
The tension is gone with this one, and the switch of tropes (teenage girls murdering older man) feels limited. Instead things look to play too heavily on him cheating and the hyper-sexulization of the girls. I'm still excited to check out the movie, but it's lost something for me. Maybe I just know that nothing will ever be as good as You're Next when it comes to the genre.
How are you guys feeling about it?
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A few weeks ago, we reported that Bill Murray was going to make an appearance the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot headed up by Paul Feig. This left many of us wondering, why did he do it after turning down so many other Ghostbusters revivals in the past? Was the check finally big enough? Did he misread the director's name again? Does busting just make him feel good? Turns out, he just wanted to give the project his approval and blessings.
In an interview with Vulture, he spoke very positively about the group behind the film, featuring headlining actresses Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, who Murray claims to be a fan of.
"You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me," says Murray. "And I really enjoyed being there, they have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.”
Murray is going to appear in the movie not as a reprising Ghostbuster, but instead as a nosy skeptic who sets out to debunk the girls and prove them wrong. It should certainly be a noteworthy cameo and fits well with the actor's infamous trickster personality, but he certainly didn't accept the invitation to the project without a good reason.
“I thought about it for a very long time..." Murray recounts. "It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”
This certainly makes a lot of sense since Murray is well known for refusing to take part in previous attempts at revitalizing Ghostbusters just because he didn't feel like it was up to snuff. He even turned down Ghostbusters 3 script from Dan Akyroyd just because he didn't feel like it was done right.
Perhaps if Ghostbusters fans know that Paul Feig's version is the version that Bill Murray finally feels does the property justice, they can rest easy in their comfy theater seats and enjoy the movie in peace.
If you were a teenager before the 2000s and lived in a decently sized town or city, chances are you went to a Tower Records. Tower used to be one of my go-to spots to buy/browse music while I was a high school kid in the Bay Area, and I saw a free Queens of the Stone Age show at the Tower Records in San Diego while I was in college. The company was dead by 2006.
The demise of Tower Records is the subject of Colin Hanks' documentary All Things Must Pass. (Yes, he's the son of Tom Hanks. No, he's not the son of Colin Farrell or Colin Firth--names and blood relations don't work that way. Though, oddly, Colin Farrell is the Bizarro version of Pharrell Williams and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass is one of the best albums ever recorded and the son of Colin Firth, but this is all very complicated and silly.)
Check out the trailer for All Things Must Pass below:
Here's a synopsis for All Things Must Pass, which comes out October 16th:
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Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But thats not the story. All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic companys explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.
By now the NFL's flagrant disregard for their players health has been well documented. I myself am a football fan, which makes it all the more difficult to watch the trailer for Will Smith's upcoming Concussion, the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an issue that is caused by repeated trauma to the head.
His findings were of course swept under the rug by the NFL until recently when the league has attempted to clean up its act through rule changes and awareness. Sadly, that wasn't prompted by a moral obligation, but by lawsuits and deaths.
Anyway, the movie itself looks seriously dramatic, with lots of muted colors and depressing boardrooms. Smith will either sell this movie or break it. From this trailer his performance looks like a return to his glory days before the likes of After Earth drove him away from more serious roles. Then again it could just be more melodrama.
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After Fear the Walking Dead's first episode set its slow burning tone for the rest of the season, and thus set it further apart of The Walking Dead's current craziness, it left a lot of folks wanting. Opinions were divided as most folks were turned off by the lack of zombies, and don't really think it compares to the main show.
Taking all of that into consideration this week, I think I'm enjoying Fear a lot more than I've enjoyed the last few seasons of TWD. It's more grounded and less caught up in all of the fantastical comic book stuff, but if it doesn't get a handle on its black characters we're in for a problem.... read + comment
Response towards Sony's Amazing Spider-Man films had been mixed at best, so it's no surprise that when it was announced earlier this year that Marvel Studios would fold a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with Captain America: Civil War, many were excited at seeing the character trade production hands. This left many people wondering what was to become of Andrew Garfield since the new Peter Parker will be played by Tom Hollard? Turns out he's pretty cool with it and he even advocated teaming up with Marvel while he was still working with Sony.
Uproxx recently interviewed Garfield about his upcoming film, 99 Homes and addressed the red and blue spandex elephant in the room. When asked how he felt about being in the audience for the next Spider-Man picture instead of on the screen, Garfield responded, saying "...I’ve been petitioning to hook up with Marvel since the beginning, so I’m really glad they’re finally doing it."
He goes on to discuss how he had been working closely with Alex Kurtzman on writing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and how they were ready to keep pushing Peter through some pretty dark territory, especially after what they had put him through with Gwen Stacy in the second film. Fortunately, he harbors no hard feelings about the third film being scrapped early on into production due to the deal.
"...Yeah, we got to some pretty heavy places and I was really excited to kind of explore it and be involved on the ground level like that," he notes. "But, anyway, it wasn’t meant to be. As I say, I’m just really excited that I get to watch."
I think we can all agree that we're pretty excited to see what comes next, Mr. Garfield. We're all pretty excited.... read + comment
As we all figured, Straight Outta Compton is still dominating the box office. It released at just the right time as the Summer was winding down and the award season is still a few weeks away. It's not like it would've got swallowed up by the other films, as it's full of great performances, but this window allows it the attention it deserves. It's rare we get a biopic that succeeds on multiple fronts.
Raking in $13 million it beat out the other two releases, War Room with $11 million and Rogue Nation with $8 million. Yup.
Here are the box office performances for the last weekend of August.
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Wes Craven, the director of horror classics A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Scream (1996), passed away this afternoon at age 76. Craven's family announced that the filmmaker died in his home in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer.
Craven's first film was the revenge movie The Last House on the Left (1972), followed in 1977 by The Hills Have Eyes. It was the inventiveness of A Nightmare on Elm Street that cemented Craven's place in the horror canon, and made the film's villain, Freddy Kreuger, a household name. While Craven's later work in the 80s and early 90s was not as successful as A Nightmare on Elm Street, he would make two more notable contributions to the horror canon in the form of deconstructions: Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) and Scream.
For a little while, Wes Craven's New Nightmare was one of my favorite horror films, and it's still my favorite movie of the Elm Street series. In some ways, New Nightmare was the movie that got me more interested in the idea of the collective unconscious and the work of Carl Jung. Who says no good can come of bad dreams?
Wes Craven's influence is indisputable and he will be missed. Flixist sends our condolences to his family and loved ones.
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We're hot of the heels of getting our first peak at Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie and now we have more news of a gaming franchise adaptation. Lionsgate has announced that it's developing a Borderlands movie. No word on anything yet, but Ari Arad, who produced the newer Spider-Man films and has Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted and Mass Effect movies slowly moving forward is producing this one as well. If his other gaming properties are any indication we probably won't be seeing this any time soon.
Still, Borderlands offers up some awesome science fiction movie fodder. It's both comical and action packed and the premise of a bunch of stranded weirdos on a planet covered in monsters slowly spiraling towards death as they hunt for a treasure is a good one. We already know that the Borderlands universe can handle some impressive narrative thanks to the games being strong in that department and the Telltale spin-offs rocking. This could really work, especially if the hire some of second game's writers.
Plenty of questions still on this, though. Will the visual look be adapted from the game or will they go straight live action? Will we get an R-rating so it can be the film that a Borderlands should be. Will they do the right thing and hire George Miller to direct since he influenced the entire aesthetic of their game and then made a movie that was basically Borderlands anyway.... read + comment
So...like, remember Prometheus? That modern classic sci-fi film that set the world on fire and had clamoring fans eager for a sequel the second they left the theater? No? Well...you're getting a Prometheus sequel anyway.
In an interview with /Film, famed director Ridley Scott confirms that his next movie will, in fact, be Prometheus 2, the "long-awaited" sequel to the "hit" 2012 Alien prequel. The first movie ended with Whats-Her-Name and Head-of-Michael-Fassbender taking an alien spaceship and heading for the homeworld of those big muscly guys, so presumably seeing what happens to them is the film's primary focus. Also, there was...like, a proto-xenomorph or something that maybe we'll see followed up on? Who knows. That movie was kind of a mess.
This isn't super-surprising – Scott has publicly defended the widely-panned Prometheus and expressed his intentions to do a follow-up – but it is news that's just kind of...there. Look, the original Prometheus was fine, I guess, not nearly worth the hate it got but also not really anything special either. It fell just short of making back its budget in theaters, but Ridley Scott is one of those directors who kind of gets to do whatever he wants (with good reason, to be fair) so letting him do a sequel to is disappointing just-kind-of-there movie makes a certain kind of sense.... read + comment
Somehow there is no superhero movie scheduled to be released until Deadpool in February 2016 and the legal thriller Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016. The next MCU movie slated is Captain America: Civil War in May 2016, which pits Iron Man against Captain America in an ideological struggle that will split the Avengers (or at least the ones who were contractually available) in two.
New promo art for the film earlier this week reveals who the Iron Man/Cap'n teams will be.
On Team Iron Man:
- War Machine
- Black Widow
- Black Panther
On Team Captain America:
- Winter Soldier
- Agent 13: Sharon Carter
As other Flixist staffers noted, Scarlet Witch is oddly absent. Given her role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, she may be away searching for an understandable motivation. (Snap.) Also yet to make an appearance: Spider-Man and possibly The Hulk.
Check out the promo art in the gallery.
Feel free to state which side you're on in the comments. Do you support the prevaricating billionaire playboy whose questionable motives led to the creation of a powerful robot army that almost destroyed the world or the guy who fought Hitler?read + comment
Warner Bros. has just released a new trailer for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, which is seeing a wide rerelease in theaters on September 30th and October 4th. The new trailer definitely tries to make sure the movie lives up to its legacy this time around by resting on its award-winning laurels and pushing its attachment to Brad Bird.
Fathom Events, who is distributing the picture, have gone ahead and posted all the screenings for the film as well-- its actually going to be in at least two theaters around me, so that's pretty exciting. If you really want to show your excitement for the event, you can go ahead and buy your tickets now to make sure your seat is guaranteed.
Warner Bros. has also announced that the Signature Edition of the movie featuring remastered visuals and new scenes will also be released on digital services this fall. No word yet on a long overdue blu-ray release.
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Anyone who has seen Gremlins 2 (and that should be everyone) has also uttered the words, "What the f**k was that?" It's a question that's long plagued all of us, but Key and Peele figured it out as you can see in the sketch below.
Now, normally this would just be a funny sketch and we probalby wouldn't say anything, but when Joe Dante, the director/writer of the Gremlins films comes out and backs up the sketch we figured we should probably share. It happened exactly like that, evidently.
For his part Dante has repeatedly claimed that Gremlins 2 was basically the studio coming to him and saying do whatever the hell you want with this movie so he made a sequel about how there shouldn't be a sequel. It's ridiculous because it's supposed to be, but more importantly it has Hulk Hogan breaking the fourth wall.... read + comment
You want to see power? Behold the all encompassing power of Star Wars. IMAX has struck a deal that means that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the only film to run on any IMAX screens for four weeks after its release. That's a pretty big deal (it's only been done for The Hobbit movies before) or it would be if any other companies were even trying to compete with the film that month.
See every other studio has basically given up the time around The Force Awakens release. Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2 will have already had its run in IMAX while Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea and Fox's The Revenant are resigned to the fact that they'll only be getting a week or so in the larger format. Both those films aren't really planning to pull audiences away from Star Wars anyway as they're more big dramatic Oscar grabs.
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On Tuesday, Dredd and Power/Rangers producer Adi Shankar announced on Facebook that he would be producing a "super violent" mini-series based on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse with Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. Fred Siebert is a big name in television (particularly animated television), but the only Google results for Kevin Klonde are people who wrote about this story before we did. (In fact, Google first searched for Kevin Kline, sure I'd make a mistake.)
"It’s going to be dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head," Shankar finished. Which sounds... interesting. I like Castlevania games for a lot of reasons, of which the overarching narrative is not one, but that doesn't mean I am not down for an ultraviolent animated adaptation of it. In a follow-up interview with Collider, Shankar said that he wants this to be the first American animated series for adults, proving that he's never seen Bojack Horseman.
But half-jokes aside, this sounds legitimately interesting, and Adi Shankar has definitely demonstrated a love of "mature" adaptations of properties intended for both old and young audiences. Whatever this ends up being, I have no doubt it will be worth watching.
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Any Star Wars news is good news and so here is a brief clip that the Star Wars Instagram account shared. Why is it worth sharing here? Because it's the first look at Finn and his light saber, and it looks like he's about to take on Kylo Ren in that snowy forest we first saw him light up his hilted light saber in.
Interesting that Finn looks pretty down and angry there and his light saber looks a little worse for wear. It's all very un-jedi like, or at least not the calm collected jedi we've come to know from the prequels. Just another reason to be overly excited about this one.
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I can't say I'm overly excited from what we've seen so far from The Transporter Refueld, but I do enjoy a good car chase and the franchise has delivered quite a few of those. Jason Statham is out sadly, but maybe this new guy can pick up the mantle. He's a little too clean cut for me, but you can find out what you think of him at a free screening for the film.
As always you just have to use your fingers to click the link below and grab admit-two passes. Get there early since there will be a line and make sure to come back and tell us all about it.... read + comment
Well, if anyone had any worries that the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed wasn't going to be faithful to the game this image should assuage them, at least in the looks department. This is our first official look at Michael Fassbender playing the titular assassin with a creed, Callum Lynch.
Hood is there. Retractable knives in tact. Long robe/coat that waves dramatically when he runs is all good. Weirdly thick belt thing is also there. I think we've pretty much got the design down pat with just a few adjustments for the time period of this particular assassin.
Wait... who the hell is Callum Lynch and why aren't there pirates? Pirates made Assassin's Creed awesome again. Turns out the film does not follow any of the game's plots, but instead introduces an new assassin, much like the games do (mostly) with each iteration. The film will take place in the game's universe, but isn't connected to any of them. The plot should sound somewhat familiar still:
Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.
We probably won't be seeing too much more of the film for a while as shooting is just starting Monday and it doesn't release until December 21, 2016, but for now we can all rest assured that Fassbender looks as damn sexy dressed as an assassin as he does completely naked.... read + comment
Do you want to see Robert Redford and Nick Nolte walk around in the woods and argue? Of course you do. That's basically what two old men are best at and now they're doing it in a movie. Honestly, A Walk in the Woods, based on the book of the same name looks delightful and you can delight in it for free. Passes, we have them.
You'll need to use all your finger clicking power to get them by clicking on the link below. Once done you'll have them. Don't cramp your finger and remember to arrive early at the theater so you can get in.... read + comment
Last week, Regal Cinemas announced that they would start inspecting moviegoers' bags, purses, and backpacks as a safety measure for staff and customers. This move comes as a response to the July movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012, and a number of other incidents that have involved gun violence inside cinemas.
Responses to this move have been mixed. Over at Collider, Dave Trumbore felt that this move was more about preventing moviegoers from bringing in outside food and beverages. It's not hard to read profit as the motive rather than safety, but even if Regal does have sincere intentions, the bag search policy doesn't seem to be about safety but rather the illusion of safety. People working at Regal aren't trained as security personnel, and crazed gunmen will probably do what they're going to do regardless of a bag search.
The Regal bag search policy is an empty gesture meant to make people feel superficially reassured. It's a meaningless bit of theater: a bandage that lacks even gauze, a "sanitized for your protection" sash on a toilet seat, a flag pin.
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It's no secret that classic horror movies abide by a certain set of rules and tropes. Calling out those tropes has become something of a subgenre in and of itself, with movies like Scream, The Cabin in the Woods and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil centrally focused on acknowledging and subverting those tropes.
The trailer for The Final Girls, which opens in October, looks to follow in the footsteps of those movies, albeit in a more directly comedic angle. The movie focuses on a group of in-the-know moviegoers checking out the latest slasher flick (based on the grisly, horrific death of one person's mother) before a freak accident seems to put them in the movie. Knowing all the tropes, the group tries to stay alive and save the other characters in the process. Check out the trailer below:
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, The Final Girls stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alia Shawkat, Adam DeVine and Thomas Middleditch.... read + comment
So here's some movie making strangeness. Bruce Willis was set to help headline Woody Allens next film (no name yet). He was one of the first announced and showed up on set yesterday to start filming with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. He was in costume, did some filming and then, a few hours later, announced that scheduling conflicts with his stage play Misery meant he couldn't be involved in the film.
That seems kind of odd. Wouldn't you know about scheduling conflicts a bit before the first day of shooting? Why would you actually start shooting some scenes for one day and then suddenly go, "Oh shit, I just remembered this play I'm doing." Clearly that's not actually what happened.
What actually did happen is anyone's guess... so I'm going to take some. He and Allen didn't get along is the first one. Willis is pretty curmudgeonly in his old age, and maybe paired with Allen's neurosis the two just clashed. The other possibility is that Allen, who has recast plenty of movies (like Michael Keaton in The Purple Rose of Cairo) after shooting has already started just felt that Willis wasn't working out. We'll probably never get the truth, but what we will get is another actor in Willis's role as Allen is recasting now.
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Do you know how to drive? Good then you can make it to a free screening of Learning to Drive.
I'm sorry, that was really terrible. Sometimes it's hard to open these things up, but you should still grab passes for the film. It sounds like the kind of sappy romance that folks enjoy and it has Ben Kingsly playing an Indian, which he's good at.
You can grab the passes below and rock the screening. Just remember to arrive early.... read + comment
Video game movies are, nine times out of ten, not awesome. There have been exceptions, but generally speaking a movie is just a shade of the franchise it's supposed to represent. Why watch it when you can play it? But with Nintendo announcing that it's open to putting out new films based on their franchises again, it's time to think about projects that could change that. Yeah, you'd still want to play the games, but with these twelve films, you would get something unique. It wouldn't be a replacement for the games. It would be a companion piece, something different in the right ways but just familiar enough to not alienate anyone but the most hardcore fans (who will never be happy no matter what).
Some of these choices you may expect; others will probably seem out of left field, but all of these would have the potential to be something amazing. If we're going to see more video game films in the future, it's time to take some risks. Give these films a shot, and give these filmmakers the chance to make players old and new excited by a video game adaptation for once. We've certainly missed a few franchises and plenty of amazing filmmakers (this list is depressingly masculine), so let us know in the comments what Nintendo properties you'd like to see adapted, who you want behind the camera, and why!... read + comment
You kids have it so easy with your anime these days-- if there's any show or movie you want to see, it's already up online in a few days with fully fleshed out fan-subs. Back in the day, we only got what the big licensing companies told us we would get... and not get. Such was the case with one of Studio Ghibli's older films, Only Yesterday.
Now, thanks to GKIDS, this long lost (to American audiences) film is finally seeing a release stateside with an all new English dubbing coming to theaters early next year. Only Yesterday is one of the fan favorites from Ghibli mainstay, Isao Takahata, the same man who directed Grave of the Fireflies and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
The new English dub of this quiet Japanese drama features the modern voice talents of Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel, Ashley Eckstein, and Alison Fernandez. You can see this 1991 classic in 2016 when it's set to make its western debut just in time for its 25th anniversary.... read + comment
The Japanese animation company STUDIO4℃ recently announced that they're going to be bringing an entire slew of animated movies and anime series to Netflix starting next week. The highlight of the update includes director and animator Masaaki Yuasa's arguable masterpiece, Mind Game.
This animated tour de force that follows the life of a loser criminal when he's given a second chance at life to be cool. If you're really into animation, this is certainly one to check out as the film is CONSTANTLY shifting in animation style and tone with incredible fluidity. I'm happy to see Mind Game and other STUDIO4℃ productions going up on Netflix so more people can watch without resorting to... less legal venues to check them out.
The full list of shows and movies STUDIO4℃ is going to have available on Netflix in regions such as the US, Canada, and Japan is as follows:
- Mind Game
- Princess Arete
- Genius Party
- Genius Party Beyond
- Teeny Witches
To get you prepped (or initiated) in time for Mind Game's Netflix debut, check out a trailer for this insane movie.
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